Find out about the Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) program and how you might become a part of that team.
Two important components of hazard mitigation are:
- Assessing the vulnerability of buildings, and
- Increasing building resistance to damage caused by hazard events.
This increased damage resistance is achieved through improvements in codes and standards, designs, methods, and materials used for new construction and post-disaster repair and recovery. The Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) Program is an integral part of this process.
The MAT Program
Under the MAT Program, FEMA draws on the combined resources of a federal, state, local, and private sector partnership to assemble and quickly deploy teams of investigators. These investigators:
- generally have a minimum 10 years experience in post-disaster field investigations,
- evaluate the performance of buildings in response to the effects of natural and man-made hazards,
- conduct field investigations at disaster sites, and
- work closely with state and local officials to develop mitigation recommendations.
The recommendations address improvements in building design and construction, code development and enforcement, and mitigation activities that will lead to greater resistance to hazard events. The observations and recommendations of the MATs are presented in reports published by FEMA.
In the fall of 2017 in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, FEMA deployed Mitigation Assessment Teams to Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These teams were assessing the severe flooding and high winds damage to houses, critical facilities, schools and other buildings. The following reports summarize building performace observations, recommendations and technical guidance for rebuilding.
- Overview Compendium Report for the 2017 Hurricane Season (FEMA P-2054)
- Hurricane Harvey in Texas -- Aug. 2017 (FEMA P-2022)
- Hurricane Irma in Florida -- Sept. 2017 (FEMA P-2023)
- Hurricanes Irma & Maria in Puerto Rico -- Sept. 2017 (FEMA P-2020)
- Hurricanes Irma & Maria in U.S. Virgin Islands -- Sept. 2017 (FEMA P-2021)