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Save The Date! Legal and Policy Aspects of Resilience and Disaster Reduction – Sept. 18-19, 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah

Save The Date!
September 18-19, 2019
Legal and Policy Aspects of Resilience and Disaster Reduction
Salt Lake City, Utah
Veridian Center

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Topics to Include:
Wildfire and Flood Following Wildfire
Implications of Hurricane Harvey
California Wildfire Litigation for all Communities and Professionals
Current Utah Efforts to Reduce Disaster Damages
California Wildfires of 2018, and More

Featured Speakers:
Judy Watanabe
Erin Capps
Prof. John Marshall
Dr. Keith Porter
Ed Hecker
Ed Thomas
and others


FEMA’s MAT Releases Two Recovery Advisories (6-27-19)

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FROM: FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) <fema@service.govdelivery.com>
SENT: Thursday, June 27, 2019 3:51:18 PM
SUBJECT: FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) releases two Recovery Advisories providing guidance to help improve the resilience of buildings to natural disasters

Post Hurricane Michael Recovery, Resilience, and Mitigation

Hurricane Michael flooding and high-winds resulted in extensive damage to all types of buildings in the Florida panhandle. FEMA Building Science, in coordination with many partners, has developed two Recovery Advisories to assist a variety of interested stakeholders in rebuilding more resiliently by providing design and construction guidance to help minimize damage from future storm events. These newly released Recovery Advisories are currently available, among others developed from past natural disasters, from the FEMA Building Science Library.

Hurricane Michael Recovery Advisory 1 – Successfully Retrofitting Buildings for Wind Resistance

This Recovery Advisory provides examples of ineffective wind retrofits and guidance on an approach that can be taken to comprehensively evaluate vulnerabilities of buildings located in hurricane-prone regions for effectively applying key wind retrofits. The guidelines are applicable not only for buildings that have recently been damaged by wind, but also for buildings that have not experienced wind damage. These guidelines are intended to help building owners and operators, design professionals, contractors, and entities that fund retrofits, prevent or limit wind damage and water infiltration during high-wind events, and reflect lessons learned by the MAT after Hurricane Michael.

This Recovery Advisory focuses on critical facilities, but is also applicable to other types of buildings, both residential and non-residential. The primary audience is building owners and operators, design professionals, contractors, and entities that fund retrofits.

Hurricane Michael Recovery Advisory 2 – Best Practices for Minimizing Wind and Water Infiltration Damage

This Recovery Advisory provides important recommendations to reduce wind and water infiltration damage to new and existing residential buildings. The recommendations discussed are from existing FEMA Building Science resources, including recovery advisories published after Hurricane Irma, and also include new recommendations and best practices based on observations made by the FEMA MAT after Hurricane Michael.

The primary audience includes building owners, operators, and managers; design professionals; building officials; contractors; and municipal building, and planning officials.

Upcoming webinars will be provided to introduce these FEMA MAT Hurricane Michael Recovery Advisories and communicate key material from them to the audience. Additional detailed information on registration, dates and times, once available, will be distributed to all recipients of this email.

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.

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FEMA REGION 10 ADVISORY: FEMA releases Podcast #38: “Advancing Wildfire Resilience through the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network” (May 22, 2019)

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FEMA releases Podcast #38:

“Advancing Wildfire Resilience through the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network” 

BOTHELL, Wash. May 22, 2019Today, FEMA released the podcast “Advancing Wildfire Resilience through the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network.” Since 2013, the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net) has connected and supported people and communities who are striving to live more safely with wildfire. FAC Net serves as a catalyst for spreading best practices and innovations in fire adaptation concepts nationwide.

FEMA Region 10 visited Ashland, Oregon, in April, interviewing members of FAC Net during its annual workshop. Michelle Medley-Daniel with the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Allie Lerch and Chris Chambers with Ashland Fire & Rescue, and Hilary Lundgren with the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network shared perspectives and experiences on successes, tools and growth of the network from eight to 24 communities.

Download this episode of the FEMA podcast at www.fema.gov/podcast. The FEMA podcast is available on Apple iTunes and Google Play to stream or download.

About the FEMA Podcast

The FEMA podcast is an audio program series available to anyone interested in learning more about the Agency, hearing about innovation in the field of emergency management, and listening to stories about communities and individuals recovering after disasters.

Approximately 20 to 30 minutes in length, new podcast episodes are updated weekly and each episode includes a link to its transcript.


FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.