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FEMA P-942, Hurricane Sandy MAT Report

The FEMA Building Science Branch would like to announce the release of the  Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Assessment Team Report!

The report documents observations made during field visits conducted by the Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT), specifically deployed to evaluate key building damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. It goes on to present the conclusions and recommendations derived from the field observations with regards to key engineering concepts, codes and standards, mitigation measures and considerations that can be used in the planning and recovery process to help minimize future damage to structures and their related utility systems.

The recommendations for disaster-resistant practices in hurricane-prone regions presented in the report are applicable to planners; decision makers; designers; contractors; building officials; federal, state and local government officials; building owners and operators; emergency managers and homeowners.

Observations, conclusions and recommendations related to the following topics are included in the report:

  • Building Codes and Standards
  • Flood Protective Measures
  • Residential Construction
  • Critical Facilities and Key Assets
  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems

FEMA P-942 can now be accessed and downloaded for free from the FEMA Library.


FEMA P-938, Hurricane Isaac MAT Report

The FEMA Building Science Branch's Hurricane Isaac MAT Report is now available

The MAT Report can now be downloaded from the FEMA Library.

The report was developed by the Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) deployed to evaluate the damage caused by Hurricane Isaac and post-Hurricane Katrina construction and reconstruction efforts. It offers guidance intended to provide decision makers with information and technical guidance that can be used to reduce future hurricane damage.

This MAT provided a unique opportunity to visit a location that was previously studied by a MAT (Hurricane Katrina MAT). The MAT report presents the team’s observations and subsequent recommendations based on the post-disaster damage assessments conducted in Louisiana. Some topics covered in the report include:

 The performance of post Katrina residential construction and mitigation measures

  • Impacts to Emergency Operations Centers and other critical facilities
  • The performance of electrical distribution and communication facilities
  • A detailed review of codes and ordinances in the affected areas, with specific recommendations for improvement

Other related resources:

Please visit the Building Science Branch homepage for additional multi-hazard mitigation information and resources.

Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Forecast for 2014 

Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability for 2014

Dr. Philip J. Klotzbach and Dr. William M. Gray at Colorado State University state that information obtained through May 2014 indicates that the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season will have less activity than the median 1981-2010 season. We estimate that 2014 will have about 4 hurricanes (median is 6.5), 10 named storms (median is 12.0), 40 named storm days (median is 60.1), 15 hurricane days (median is 21.3), 1 major (Category 3-4-5) hurricane (median is 2.0) and 3 major hurricane days (median is 3.9). The probability of U.S. major hurricane landfall is estimated to be about 80 percent of the long-period average. We expect Atlantic basin Net Tropical Cyclone (NTC) activity in 2014 to be approximately 70 percent of the long-term average. This forecast is slightly higher than the forecast that was issued in early April.

This forecast is based on a new extended-range early June statistical prediction scheme that was developed utilizing 29 years of past data. Analog predictors are also utilized. We anticipate a below-average Atlantic basin hurricane season due to the combination of the likelihood of El Niño development along with a slighter cooler than normal tropical Atlantic. Coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them and they need to prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.

View/download this forecast as well as past forecasts.



Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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