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Post Hurricane Irma and Maria Mitigation Assessment Team Report
- Subject: Post Hurricane Irma and Maria Mitigation Assessment Team Report
- From: sean at donelan.com (Sean Donelan)
- Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:08:34 -0400 (EDT)
Today, FEMA published its Mitigation Assessment Team Report on the
Hurricanes Irma and Maria impact on buildings, critical faciltiies, solar
panels and other construction issues.
Recommendation USVI-1a: USVI should adopt the latest hazard-resistant
building codes and standards on a regular update cycle.
Recommendation USVI-8: DPNR should consider hiring additional code
Recommendation USVI-14b: Homeowners should consider protecting the glazed
window and door systems on their existing homes.
Recommendation USVI-19: Develop and support a wind retrofit programs
Recommendation USVI-34a: Add specific design criteria for ground-mounted
PV solar arrays and connections to ASCE 7-22 and reference them in other
FEMA P-2021 | Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricanes Irma and Maria
in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical
In response to a request for technical support from the Federal Emergency
Management (FEMA) Joint Field Office in St. Croix, FEMAâ??s Federal
Insurance and Mitigation Administrationâ??s (FIMA) Building Science Branch
deployed a Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) composed of national and
regional experts to affected areas in St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix,
in October and November, 2017.
The MAT was charged with evaluating damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria,
especially for buildings constructed or reconstructed after Hurricane
Marilyn (1995), to identify both successful and unsuccessful mitigation
techniques. This work involved: assessing the performance of residential,
nonresidential, and critical facilities affected by the storms; evaluating
the performance of photovoltaic (PV) facilities; investigating the effects
of wind speed-up due to the islandsâ?? topography on building performance;
and meeting with residents and local officials to better understand what
transpired during and after the storms.