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FEMA Media Library

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Wind Provisions in the 2015 International Existing Building Code 

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COVID-19 Education Resource Roadmap (Interim) Consolidated Appropriations Act

This COVID-19 Education Resource Roadmap (Roadmap), as developed by FEMA, is to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) leaders and stakeholders with navigating some of the challenges, as well as the resources, associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Specifically, the Roadmap describes how supplemental appropriated funds, in particular funding authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and certain ongoing annually funded federal programs, can be used to implement potential solutions.

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Second Safe Opening and Operation Letter to Tribal Leaders

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April 2, 2021 - April 8, 2021 Weekly Obligations

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April 2, 2021 - April 8, 2021 Weekly Obligations (Spanish)

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FEMA P-804,  Wind Retrofit Guide for Residential Buildings

The purpose of this Guide is to provide guidance on how to improve the wind resistance of existing residential buildings in Mississippi and across the Gulf Coast. Although this Guide was developed to support initiatives in the Gulf Coast region, the content of this document should serve as guidance on retrofitting existing buildings for improved performance during high-wind events in all coastal regions.

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FEMA P-320: Taking Shelter from the Storm

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FEMA P-361, Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms, Third Edition

This publication presents important information about the design and construction of community and residential safe rooms that will provide protection during tornado and hurricane events. The third edition of FEMA P-361 presents updated and refined criteria for safe rooms compared to the second edition’s 2008 criteria. This edition also features clarified guidance and revised commentary to reflect 6 more years of post-damage assessments and lessons learned, including those based on many safe rooms directly impacted by tornadoes.

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Flood Hazard Elevation and Siting Criteria for Residential Safe Rooms 

It is critical to consider flood hazards when designing a safe room. FEMA cannot fund and does not support placing safe rooms where floodwaters could endanger occupants. This quick guide includes flood elevation and siting criteria for residential safe rooms to be compliant with FEMA P-361 guidance.

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FEMA P-2062, Guidelines for Wind Vulnerability Assessments of Existing Critical Facilities

Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 as well as other recent storms, including Hurricane Michael in 2018, resulted in extensive wind damage to critical facilities in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Florida. This manual provides design professionals with guidelines for assessing the vulnerability of critical facilities to wind pressure, wind-borne debris, and wind-driven rain. The manual incorporates observations and lessons learned from recent hurricanes, current building code requirements, past hurricanes, and other historic high wind events. The guidelines apply to critical facilities both within and outside hurricane-prone regions and to critical facilities in tornado-prone regions.

The results of an assessment can be used by building owners; design professionals; entities that award repair, reconstruction, or mitigation grants; as well as state, local, tribal, and territorial government agencies developing mitigation plans.