On November 27, 2013 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Science Branch announced the release of FEMA P-942, Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York. 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 presents 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 at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/85922 .
Should you have any questions or comments related to the Hurricane Sandy MAT Report, contact John Ingargiola of the Building Science Branch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Building Science Helpline (866)- 927-2104 or FEMA-Buildingsciencehelp@fema.dhs.gov).
Please visit the Building Science Branch homepage for additional multi-hazard mitigation information and resources. Be sure to also visit Hurricane Sandy – Building Science Activities & Resources.