Building Science Resource Library

The Building Science Resource Library contains all of FEMA’s hazard-specific guidance that focuses on creating hazard-resistant communities.

You can search for a document by its title, or filter the collection to browse by:


  • Topic: High winds, flood, earthquake, etc.
  • Document Type: Brochure, report, fact sheet, infographic, etc.
  • Audience: Building professionals & engineers, individuals & homeowners, teachers & kids, etc.
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FEMA P-2055-2 Recommendations for Cordoning Earthquake-Damaged Buildings

This Guide has been prepared as a supplement to FEMA P-2055. The recommendations presented in this report draw from lessons learned and development included a literature review of building collapses and identified collapse and debris shadow areas, and interviews with emergency management professionals who were responsible for cordon management following two damaging earthquake events.

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Earthquake Safety Checklist (FEMA B-526)

This quick reference guide helps individuals and families prepare for an earthquake and prevent earthquake-related damage to their homes. The easy-to-read booklet features instructions on conducting earthquake drills and “hazard hunts.” Also included are a checklist of disaster supplies, tips on what to do during and after an earthquake, and additional resources.

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FEMA P-2208: NEHRP Recommended Revisions to ASCE/SEI 41-17 Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings

This report documents the work and technical studies of the ATC-140 Project Series, “Update Seismic Retrofit Design Guidance.” ASCE/SEI 41 is the consensus national standard for the seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings. In total, 35 change proposals were prepared and submitted for consideration of adoption into ASCE/SEI 41-23. This report documents the motivations, methods, modeling details, results, conclusions, and recommendations of the technical studies that led to the development of these change proposals.

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Reducing “Loss of Utility” Impacts to Critical Facilities (Hurricane Ian Recovery Advisory 2)

This Recovery Advisory is intended for owners and operators of critical facilities; architects and engineers who design them; various state, local, tribal, and territorial planners; and emergency managers who deal with critical facilities whether in support of emergency preparedness, planning, response, and disaster recovery efforts or administration of mitigation grants and operations.

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Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Marshall Fire Building Performance, Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance (FEMA P-2320)

The objective of this MAT report is to provide actionable recommendations to improve residential building performance under wildfire conflagration conditions. It describes the MAT’s observations during the field deployments, draws conclusions based on those observations, and provides recommendations for actions that property owners can take to help increase the resiliency of their homes and neighborhoods to future wildfires.

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Reducing Water Intrusion Through Windows and Doors (Hurricane Ian Recovery Advisory 3)

This Recovery Advisory provides important recommendations to reduce water intrusion through and around windows and doors due to wind-driven rain during extreme wind events.

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Designing for Flood Levels Above the Minimum Required Elevation After Hurricane Ian (Hurricane Ian Recovery Advisory 1)

This Recovery Advisory addresses building damage when flood levels exceed the lowest floor, required design considerations, how high above the minimum required elevation a building should be elevated, and additional design considerations for mitigating flood damage.

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Overview of FEMA P-804 (2023), Wind Retrofit Guide for Residential Buildings in Hurricane-Prone Regions

This document is an overview of the 2023 edition of FEMA P-804, Wind Retrofit Guide for Residential Buildings in Hurricane-Prone Regions.

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2023 Mutual Aid for Building Departments Region 9

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2023 Mutual Aid for Building Departments Region 7