PATH - A Public Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology

Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an independent agency of the Federal Government founded in 1979 to reduce the loss of life and property and to protect America's critical infrastructure. Because FEMA's program is based on hazard mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, it is particularly interested in construction methods and techniques that can improve housing's performance during emergencies.

Homebuilder's guide to coastal construction and training material
The joint effort between PATH and FEMA contractors documents and effectively disseminates state-of-the-art design and construction practices for coastal construction by homebuilders and related construction trades. The project also identifies and evaluates innovative techniques that may improve the durability, disaster resistance, affordability, and overall design efficiency of coastal construction.

Coastal Construction Practices
Provides resources on coastal construction.

Keep Your Family Safe: Build a Tornado 'Safe Room' in Your Home
Explains why residents of tornado-prone areas should build a "safe room."

FEMA Safe Room Events
Promotes the building of safe rooms in tornado-prone areas.

Retrofit Manufactured Housing for Safety
The two-phase research initiative will identify and document techniques for the retrofitting of in-place (existing) manufactured homes to improve their resistance to natural and manmade hazards. Phase I is directed toward such natural hazards as hurricanes, hailstorms, snow, lightning, earthquakes, debris flows, and floods. Phase II may address such manmade hazards as fires, indoor air pollution, and burglary. The objective of this project is to identify, analyze, and document retrofit options, with indications of their likely costs and related benefits.

Content updated on 9/1/2005

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