FEMA P-942, Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

FEMA P-942 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.

Including Building Codes in the National Flood Insurance Program

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The purpose of this report is to present findings of the impact, effectiveness, and feasibility of including widely used and nationally recognized building codes as part of the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) floodplain management criteria as proposed in the Biggert - Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.  This report provides findings of the regulatory, financial, and economic impacts that would likely occur to homeowners and government entities if it were adopted and the feasibility and effectiveness in reducing flood damage in the future.


Now Available! Training and Instructional Materials for the 2009 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions (FEMA P-752CD)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce that the 2009 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: Training and Instructional Materials (FEMA P-752CD) is now available from the FEMA Publications Warehouse.

One of the objectives of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) is to support the improvement of national standards and building codes and to advocate for their adoption and enforcement. The NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures. 2009 Edition (FEMA P-750) is an important resource that translates new knowledge, research results, and design methods for the national standards and building codes. In collaboration with the Building Seismic Safety Council, FEMA has published two supporting documents for the 2009 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: 2009 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: Design Examples (FEMA P-751CD) and the new 2009 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: Training and Instructional Materials (FEMA P-752CD).

FEMA P-752CD presents a series of PowerPoint slides and instructional materials (student handouts and notes pages) that are aligned with the design examples in FEMA P-751CD. In addition to materials updated from its previous edition (FEMA P-451B), FEMA P-752CD includes new units on Ground Motions, Composite/Steel Construction, Pre-Cast Design, and Seismically Isolated Structures, as well as an introduction to the latest versions of NONLIN and EQ Tools, two free software programs for the computation of dynamic response analysis of simple linear and nonlinear structures and design earthquake ground motions.

Most of the modifications and additions in the 2009 NEHRP Recommended Provisions have been adopted and incorporated in ASCE 7-10, the International Building Code (IBC), and the International Residential Code (IRC) 2012. Training materials in the 15 units of FEMA P-752CD provide users with information on the earthquake engineering and research results adopted in the 2009 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions and the referenced ASCE 7 Standard and national model building codes IBC and IRC. The materials can be presented to engineers and architects by qualified professionals with expertise in the practice of earthquake engineering, by those who wish to enhance their understanding of earthquake engineering, and by engineering academics as the basis for classroom instruction on earthquake-resistant design.

To order your copy of FEMA P-752CD from the FEMA Publications Warehouse, call 1-800-480-2520 or fax your request to 1-240-699-0525, FEMA Publication Order Form.

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NYC Wastewater Resiliency Plan Calls for $315 Million in Upgrades

Friday, November 22, 2013

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Carter Strickland released the NYC Wastewater Resiliency Plan, the nation’s most detailed and comprehensive assessment of the risk climate change poses to a wastewater collection and treatment system. The study, initiated in 2011 and expanded after Hurricane Sandy, was based on an asset-by-asset analysis of the risks from storm surge under new flood maps at all 14 treatment plants and 58 pumping stations, representing more than $1 billion in infrastructure.

NSF Awards $32 Million in Hazards Sustainability Grants

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

In an effort to help scientists better predict and respond to natural hazards such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and wildfires, the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded 12 new grants totaling $32 million through its Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters solicitation. The effort is part of NSF's Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) investment.

NYS Awards $564,000 in Grants for Water Resiliency Projects

Monday, September 16, 2013

The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program has issued 12 grants for water resiliency projects in New York State.  The grants will help to further the Hudson River Estuary’s 2010-2014 agenda to conserve, protect and revitalize the waterway.

Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Prepared by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, with assistance from the White House Office of Science and Technology, this report estimates the annual cost of power outages caused by severe weather between 2003 and 2012 and describes various strategies for modernizing the grid and increasing grid resilience.

100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Rockefeller Foundation launched an official website for the Challenge, inviting individuals to join in a global conversation about urban resilience and what we can all do to make our cities places of growth and opportunity now and in the future.

Water Utilities First To Measure Security Progress Under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan framework

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The water sector is set to become the first of the country’s 18 critical infrastructure and key resource sectors to develop a metric and launch a tool to gauge security progress under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan framework.

Infrastructure Protection Key to Resiliency

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The public and private sectors must join forces during the next presidential administration to focus their resources on the resiliency of US critical infrastructure as a means of ensuring both homeland and financial security, according to a report from the Reform Institute.