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The following documents are linked to downloadable PDF copies on the FEMA website.  All documents are downloadable without charge.  More documents can be found there, but these are culled from a large pile for relevance particularly to Disaster Mitigation in the Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean Islands in General.  The downloads were made in January, 2007, so check the FEMA site for more materials as this date trails into the past.  If any of the links do not work, go to the FEMA library search page (link above) and search for it.  All of these documents are resident on the FEMA website.  None of the documents are resident on www.conservationtech.com.  (This page will not be maintained, but if you find a dead link, and contact me at the email address at the bottom, I will try to fix it.)

These are all US Government publications, and are in the public domain, and can be reproduced.  None were produced by Conservationtech.com or Randolph Langenbach, and he is not responsible for their contents.  The links are posted here as a public service. 

DISASTERS - General


Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions

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This guide is an updated and expanded version of Resources for Recovery: Post-Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions, first developed in 1992 by Heritage Preservation and then revised in 2000. Before and After Disasters includes summary descriptions and contact information for 15 Federal grant and loan programs ?most double the number of resources in the previous edition. It covers sources of Federal assistance for preparedness, mitigation, and response, as well as for recovery. Sample projects in disaster planning, training, treatment research, and restoration illustrate the funding guidelines.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Audience Categories: General Public / Households  Volunteers  Private Not-for-Profits 
Hazard Types: Coastal Storm  Terrorism  Volcano  Severe Storm  Nuclear  Virus Threat  Winter Storm  Mudslide/Landslide  Extreme Temperatures  Chemical/Biological  Earthquake  Technological  Fire  Industry Hardship  Tornado  Wildfire  Hurricane/Tropical Storm  Drought  Typhoon  Flooding  Dam/Levee Break  Tsunami 
Subjects: FEMA Grants and Training Resources 

Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Date Published: 09/2005
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 533
 
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 3618K)

Are You Ready? An in-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness

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The guide has been designed to help the citizens of this nation learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. It can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual. The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property. Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains the food, water, and other supplies in suffi cient quantity for individuals and their families to survive following a disaster in the event they must rely on their own resources.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Audience Categories: General Public / Households 
Hazard Types: Coastal Storm  Terrorism  Volcano  Severe Storm  Nuclear  Virus Threat  Winter Storm  Mudslide/Landslide  Extreme Temperatures  Chemical/Biological  Earthquake  Technological  Fire  Industry Hardship  Tornado  Wildfire  Hurricane/Tropical Storm  Drought  Typhoon  Flooding  Dam/Levee Break  Tsunami 
Subjects: Emergency Preparedness  Public Outreach and Education 

Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Date Published: 08/2004
Number of Pages: 204
FEMA Publication Number: IS-22
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 21580K)

E-MIS User Guide

This document provides FEMA's environmental and historic preservation specialists with guidance on how to document and record the information necessary to complete an EHP project technical review. The User Guide is intended to be used with the eGrants EHP module known as the Environmental-Historic Preservation Managment Information System (E-MIS). E-MIS is a Web-enabled tool designed to facilitate the process of evaluating FEMA-funded projects and documenting project compliance with environmental and historic preservation laws and Executive Orders.

Resource Type: Training / Course Material
Audience Categories: FEMA Regions  Historic Preservation / Environmental 
Hazard Types: Not Hazard Related
Subjects: Regulations, Laws, and Executive Orders  FEMA Grants and Training Resources  Sustainable Development and Environmental Considerations 

Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 4899K)

Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resource Considerations into Hazard Mitigation Planning

The importance of integrating historic property and cultural resource considerations into mitigation planning has been made all too apparent in disasters that have occurred in recent years, such as the Northridge Earthquake or the Midwest floods. Whether a disaster impacts a major community museum, a historic "main street," or collections of family photographs, the sudden loss of historic properties and cultural resources can negatively impact a community's character and economy, and can affect the overall ability of the community to recover from a disaster event. Mitigation "How-To" #6 shows communities, step by step, how to develop and then implement a pre-disaster planning strategy for their historic properties and cultural resources.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Audience Categories: Businesses / Professionals  Educational Institutes and Professionals  General Public / Households  Floodplain Managers  State, Local and Tribal Representatives  Hazard Mitigation Officers  Federal Agencies  Emergency Personnel and Managers  Private Not-for-Profits  Trade Associations  FEMA Regions  Planners  Historic Preservation / Environmental 
Hazard Types: Coastal Storm  Terrorism  Volcano  Severe Storm  Nuclear  Virus Threat  Winter Storm  Mudslide/Landslide  Extreme Temperatures  Chemical/Biological  Earthquake  Technological  Fire  Industry Hardship  Tornado  Wildfire  Hurricane/Tropical Storm  Drought  Typhoon  Flooding  Dam/Levee Break  Tsunami 
Subjects: Mitigation Planning 
Series: Mitigation Planning How-To Series  -  Disaster Mitigation: Publications, Workshops and Planning Tools Mitigation Planning How-To #1 Mitigation Planning How-To #2 Mitigation Planning How-To #3 Mitigation Planning How-To #4 Mitigation Planning How-To #8 Mitigation Planning How-To #7 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning "Blue Book”

Media Type: Print Publication (Hardcopy)
Availability: Distribution Warehouse
Language: English
Date Published: 05/2005
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 386-6

 
Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Date Published: 05/2005
FEMA Publication Number: 386-6
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 4564K)
508 Accessible Format: View / Download / Print  (txt 434K)

Protecting Our Heritage: Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Program

FEMA’s Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Program integrates historic preservation considerations into FEMA's mission of preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. During disaster recovery operations, the agency assesses damages to historic and cultural resources, provides technical assistance to States and local jurisdictions, and ensures compliance with applicable Federal laws and regulations, such as the National Historic Preservation Act. This Fact Sheet provides basic information about FEMA's Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Program.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Audience Categories: General Public / Households  State, Local and Tribal Representatives 
Hazard Types: Not Hazard Related
Subjects: FEMA Grants and Training Resources 

Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Date Published: 10/2006
Number of Pages: 2
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 27K)
508 Accessible Format: View / Download / Print  (txt 3K)

Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

After disaster events, FEMA provides technical assistance to State and local governments to preserve historic, cultural and natural aspects of national heritage throughout the recovery process. These Frequently Asked Questions explain the basics of the Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Program and answer questions on funding and resources.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Audience Categories: General Public / Households 
Hazard Types: Not Hazard Related
Subjects: FEMA Grants and Training Resources 

Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Date Published: 06/2006
Number of Pages: 1
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 24K)
508 Accessible Format: View / Download / Print  (txt 2K)

 

EARTHQUAKES

Earthquake Safety Guide for Homeowners

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This updated safety guide, which was originally developed and published by the California Seismic Safety Commission, provides homeowners with a good start to strengthening their homes against earthquake damage. The guide also illustrates the relative cost of prevention versus repair or replacement. (Available in multiple languages)

Resource Type: Document / Report
Audience Categories: General Public / Households 
Hazard Types: Earthquake 
Subjects: Emergency Preparedness  Public Outreach and Education  Emergency Planning  Risk Assessment 
Program: NEHRP - National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

Media Type: Print Publication (Hardcopy)
Availability: Distribution Warehouse
Language: English
Date Published: 09/2005
Number of Pages: 38
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 530
Distribution Restrictions: Number of Hard Copies: 5

 
Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Date Published: 09/2005
Number of Pages: 42
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 530
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 4258K)
508 Accessible Format: View / Download / Print  (txt 49K)

Earthquake Home Hazard Hunt

Resource Record Cover Image Thumbnail - fema_528.jpg This poster provides visuals and descriptions so that homeowners can identify and fix at-risk areas of their homes to reduce future earthquake damage and disruption.

Resource Type: Poster
Audience Categories: General Public / Households 
Hazard Types: Earthquake 
Subjects: Emergency Preparedness  Public Outreach and Education  Emergency Planning  Risk Assessment 
Program: NEHRP - National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Date Published: 09/2005
Number of Pages: 2
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 528
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 662K)
508 Accessible Format: View / Download / Print  (txt 16K)

Benefit-Cost Analysis Data Documentation Template - Non-Structural Earthquake Damage

This is used to assist BC analysts in recording the data and methodologies utilized in their BCAs.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Audience Categories: State, Local and Tribal Representatives 
Hazard Types: Earthquake 
Subjects: FEMA Grants and Training Resources 

Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 151K)
508 Accessible Format: View / Download / Print  (txt 9K)

Earthquake Safety Checklist

This quick reference guide helps individuals and families prepare for an earthquake and prevent earthquake-related damage to their homes. The easy-to-read brochure 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. (Available in multiple languages)

Resource Type: Brochure
Audience Categories: General Public / Households 
Hazard Types: Earthquake 
Subjects: Emergency Preparedness  Public Outreach and Education  Emergency Planning  Risk Assessment 
Program: NEHRP - National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

Media Type: Print Publication (Hardcopy)
Availability: Distribution Warehouse
Language: English
Date Published: 08/2005
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 526
Distribution Restrictions: Number of Hard Copies: 10

 
Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Date Published: 08/2005
Number of Pages: 16
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 526
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 1442K)
508 Accessible Format: View / Download / Print  (txt 19K)

NOTE: The FEMA download link is broken as of January 2007, so this download links to the same document on the American Red Cross Site.


 

HURRICANES

Avoiding Hurricane Damage: A Checklist for Homeowners

Resource Record Cover Image Thumbnail - cover.jpg Once a major storm hits, it’s too late to protect your home and property. But there are things you can do now to reduce damage from high winds and water. Some are fairly simple and inexpensive; others will require a professional contractor. You’ll need to consider the characteristics of your home, your financial resources and the building codes in your community. This homeowner’s checklist will help you learn what you can do. For more information about the costs and benefits of each measure, talk to a professional builder, architect or contractor. You should also ask your building department about building permit requirements.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Audience Categories: General Public / Households 
Hazard Types: Hurricane/Tropical Storm  Flooding 
Subjects: Mitigation Strategies and Techniques  Emergency Preparedness  Public Outreach and Education  Hazard Science and Information  Emergency Planning  Building Design 
Program: NHP/td>

Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Number of Pages: 4
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 296K)
508 Accessible Format: View / Download / Print  (txt 9K)

Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Summary Report on Building Performance 2004 Hurricane Season

Resource Record Cover Image Thumbnail - REF 231.JPG The purpose of this document is to summarize the observations, conclusions, and recommendations that were obtained during post-disaster assessments sponsored by the FEMA Mitigation Division in response to Florida 2004 hurricane season. More than ten rapid response teams and two Mitigation Assessment Teams (MATs) were deployed to document observations and provide recommendations. The rapid response data collection teams focused on coastal high water marks, inland wind effects, residential and commercial building performance, critical and essential facility performance, and mitigation program effectiveness. The MATs assessed damage to the built environment and relied on the perishable data, such as high water marks, collected by the rapid response teams to quantify flood and wind effects of the hurricanes.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Audience Categories: Floodplain Managers  Design and Construction Industry  State, Local and Tribal Representatives  Planners  Hazard Mitigation Officers 
Hazard Types: Hurricane/Tropical Storm 
Subjects: Mitigation Strategies and Techniques  Building Design  Annual, Congressional, and Conference Reports 
Program: NHP - National Hurricane Program

Media Type: Print Publication (Hardcopy)
Availability: Distribution Warehouse
Language: English
Number of Pages: 68
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 490
Distribution Restrictions: Number of Hard Copies: 1

 
Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Number of Pages: 68
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 490
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 1738K)
508 Accessible Format: View / Download / Print  (txt 123K)

Against the Wind: Protecting your Home from Hurricane and Wind Damage

Resource Record Cover Image Thumbnail - FEMA 247.jpg This brochure discusses some things homeowners can do to before the next hurricane strikes. Including improvements or temporary wind protection. It is important that these projects are completed before a hurricane threatens.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Audience Categories: General Public / Households 
Hazard Types: Tornado  Hurricane/Tropical Storm 
Subjects: Infrastructure Design  Model Codes and Ordinances 
Program: NHP - National Hurricane Program

Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Custom CD/DVD
Language: English
Date Published: 12/1993
Number of Pages: 8
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 247
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 224K)

Building Performance Assessment Team (BPAT) Report - Hurricane Georges in Puerto Rico

Resource Record Cover Image Thumbnail - FEMA 339.JPG This report presents FEMA's Building Performance Assessment Team's (BPAT) observations on the success and failure of buildings in Puerto Rico in withstanding the wind and flood forces generated by Hurricane Georges. In addition, the seismic resistance of some of the buildings observed was assessed. Recommendations to improve building performance in future natural disasters and mitigation success stories in Puerto Rico are included.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Audience Categories: Floodplain Managers  Design and Construction Industry  State, Local and Tribal Representatives  Planners  Hazard Mitigation Officers 
Hazard Types: Hurricane/Tropical Storm 
Subjects: Mitigation Strategies and Techniques  Building Design 

Media Type: Print Publication (Hardcopy)
Availability: Distribution Warehouse
Language: English
Date Published: 03/1999
Number of Pages: 112
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 339
Distribution Restrictions: Number of Hard Copies: 5

Building Performance Assessment Team (BPAT) Report - Hurricane Georges in the Gulf Coast

Resource Record Cover Image Thumbnail - REF 411.JPG This report presents FEMA's Building Performance Assessment Team's (BPAT) observations on the success and failure of buildings in the Florida Keys and Gulf Coast areas of the United States to withstand the wind and flood forces generated by Hurricane Georges. Recommendations to improve the building performance in future natural disasters in this area are included as well.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Audience Categories: Floodplain Managers  Design and Construction Industry  State, Local and Tribal Representatives  Planners  Hazard Mitigation Officers 
Hazard Types: Hurricane/Tropical Storm 
Subjects: Mitigation Strategies and Techniques  Building Design 
Program: NHP - National Hurricane Program

Media Type: File
Availability: Online
Language: English
Date Published: 03/1999
Number of Pages: 106
FEMA Publication Number: FEMA 338
Resource File: View / Download / Print  (pdf 292K)
508 Accessible Format: View / Download / Print  (txt 25K)

 

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