Successful hazard mitigation depends in part on the application of Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) findings and recommendations to new construction and post-disaster repair and recovery. MAT findings and recommendations are used to establish improved disaster-resistant construction codes and standards, designs, methods, and materials. The transfer of information by FEMA to state and local governments, and the private sector is critical to this process. FEMA employs a variety of methods to disseminate this information.
FEMA sponsors and produces:
- Technical manuals
- Fact sheets
- Internet resources
- Public handbooks
- Resident training at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) at the National Emergency Training Center
- Independent Study through EMI
- Field-deployable training
You can download the publications described below and other FEMA publications from the FEMA Resource and Document Library, or order a copy from the FEMA Distribution Center. To order publications please call 1-800-480-2520 or fax 1-240-699-0525 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET. You may also email your request to FEMA-Publications-Warehouse. Please provide the title, item number, short number, and quantity of each publication, along with your name, address, zip code, and daytime telephone number.
- Protecting Your House and Property
- Coastal Construction Manual
- Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction Fact Sheets (December 2010)
- Wind Retrofit Guide for Residential Buildings (December 2010)
- Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting (June 2014)
The FEMA website has an extensive collection of How-to Fact Sheets. These fact sheets provide easy step-by-step instructions, making it easy for you to take protective steps to minimize damage to your home and property during a hazard event. These fact sheets cover:
- Protect Your Property From Flooding
- Protect Your Property From Winds
- Protect Your Property From Fire
- Protect Your Property From All Natural Hazards
The 2011 Coastal Construction Manual, Fourth Edition (FEMA P-55), is a two-volume publication that provides a comprehensive approach to planning, siting, designing, constructing, and maintaining homes in the coastal environment. Volume I provides information about hazard identification, siting decisions, regulatory requirements, economic implications, and risk management. The primary audience for Volume I is design professionals, officials, and those involved in the decision-making process.
Volume II contains in-depth descriptions of design, construction, and maintenance practices that, when followed, will increase the durability of residential buildings in the harsh coastal environment and reduce economic losses associated with coastal natural disasters. The primary audience for Volume II is the design professional who is familiar with building codes and standards and has a basic understanding of engineering principles.
The Manual and addition resources related to coastal construction are available for download from the FEMA Resource and Document Libary.
FEMA has produced Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction (FEMA P-499), a series of 37 fact sheets that provide technical guidance and recommendations concerning the construction of coastal residential buildings. The fact sheets present information aimed at improving the performance of buildings subject to flood and wind forces in coastal environments. The fact sheets make extensive use of photographs and drawings to illustrate National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulatory requirements, the proper siting of coastal buildings, and recommended design and construction practices for building components, including structural connections, the building envelope, utilities, and accessory structures. Many of the fact sheets also include lists of additional resources that provide more information about the topics discussed.
FEMA produced the Wind Retrofit Guide for Residential Buildings (FEMA P-804) to provide guidance on how to improve the wind resistance of existing residential buildings in the hurricane-prone regions throughout the United States. Wind-related damages can be reduced or prevented by improving the performance of residential buildings in these areas. Retrofitting a home is most effective when building components are strengthened in groups, or packages, to achieve a more complete improvement to the performance of the building. This Guide proposes three “Mitigation Packages” retrofits – Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. Components of each mitigation package are presented in the Guide. The improvements of each package build on the retrofits of the previous package to provide increasing levels of wind hazard resistance.
If your house has been flooded, or if you know that your house is in a flood hazard area, you should take action to avoid future flood damage. As a homeowner, you need clear information about methods you can use to reduce flood damage to your home, and you need straightforward guidance on selecting the method that is best for you. FEMA’s Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect Your Home From Flooding, Third Edition (FEMA P-312) explains the damage-reduction methods that are available, discusses the degree to which they work, and helps you decide whether they meet your needs. This publication is for readers who have little or no knowledge of flood protection methods or building construction techniques. The brochure (L-235) contains an overview of the publication FEMA P-312.