FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Team releases report with recommendations for improving the resilience of the built environment to natural disasters
To assess the impacts of Hurricane Harvey on Texas’ built environment, FEMA’s Building Science Branch deployed a Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) in November and December 2017. The MAT was deployed to Harris County to assess flood performance issues, and to Aransas, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio Counties to assess wind performance issues. MAT members evaluated building systems to determine the effectiveness of various design and construction practices and ascertain the effect of code adoption and enforcement on reducing flood and wind damage.
Hurricane Harvey dropped an estimated 70 inches of rain over parts of Texas during a 7-day period, with sustained winds up to 130 mph. The hurricane caused widespread damage to residential and commercial buildings and infrastructure. The MAT’s observations and resulting conclusions and recommendations are presented in FEMA P-2022, Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Harvey in Texas and were used to develop two Recovery Advisories. To improve resiliency in future events, the lessons learned can either be incorporated into best practices for future retrofits or new hazard-resistant building design.
The Recovery Advisories and FEMA P-2022 are available on FEMA’s webpage: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (2017).
The Hurricane Harvey in Texas MAT Report can also be directly downloaded here.
To learn more about FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Team Program, click here.
To learn more about FEMA’s Building Science Branch, visit our website.
Contact the Building Science helpline at FEMA-BuildingScienceHelp@fema.dhs.gov or 866-927-2104.