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Web Resources for Disaster Resistance

This page provides a variety of resources on ways to minimize damage to housing from natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, and earthquakes.

General Natural Disaster

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is an independent agency reporting to the President and tasked with responding to, planning for, recovering from and mitigating against disaster.

  • Hazard Mitigation Program
    Program to assist States and local communities in implementing long-term mitigation measures following a Presidential disaster declaration.

Disaster Contractor's Network
Helps home and small business owners recover after a disaster.

Disaster Recovery Grants (DRI)
US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and States recover from presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH, Inc.)
A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting disaster safety and property loss mitigation provides resources including a blueprint for safety, animated "how-to's" for mitigating disaster damage and fact sheets.

Institute for Business & Home Safety
National nonprofit initiative of the insurance industry that engages in communication, education, engineering and research. Provides resources for mitigating risk and recovering from a disaster, including publications, video clips and news items.

Mitigation How To Series
Offers advice on preparing a home or business to survive a natural disaster.

International Code Council
Develops comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes.

Tech Practices
Learn how builders and remodelers across the nation have integrated proven technologies into their construction practices. Tech Practices highlight the use of PATH technologies in a variety of projects.

ToolBase is the housing industry's resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems.

Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Hurricane Retrofit Strategies
Remodeling and rebuilding techniques for hurricane-prone areas.

Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room Inside Your House
Designs for wind shelters that homeowners can build inside their houses.

Practices for Hurricane Resistance and Reconstruction
Recommendations to prepare your home against hurricances.

Preliminary Results from Hurricane Investigation
To assess how housing performed during the recent Florida hurricanes, PATH technical staff traveled to Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte in September.


U.S. Fire Administration
USFA reduces life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies.

NFPA - The National Fire Protection Association
Reduces the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

NIST's Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) Publications On-Line
Offers a variety of publications on the topic of energy efficiency.

IFCI - International Fire Code Institute
Provides the means for professionals interested in fire safety and fire codes to participate in the code development process.

Fire Safe Use of Forest Products
List of publications related to fire-safe use of forest products from the Forest Products Laboratory.

Fire Resistance of Concrete Homes
Association's technology brief on the fire resistance benefits of concrete homes.

Technologies for Reconstruction from Fire
PATH-profiled technologies can increase the disaster (fire) resistance of the home or development, and some significantly reduce the time it will take to redevelop and rebuild.

Click on the following link for more information on fire protection.


National Flood Insurance Program
Floodplain management information.

Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting
On-line publication designed specifically for homeowners who want to know how to protect their houses from flooding.

Recovering from a Flood
Recommendations on how to rebuild from flooding.

Technologies for Flood Resistance and Reconstruction
Tips on how to protect and recover from flooding.


EERI - Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Seeks to reduce earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering.

National Earthquake Program
An interagency effort directed at earthquake mitigation.

Content updated on 5/21/2007

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