FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Waterfront High-Rise Survives Katrina   [open pdf - 40KB]

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long term solution to reducing that risk." [...] "Legacy Towers in Gulfport, Mississippi stands approximately 150 feet tall on the beach facing the Gulf of Mexico. These new luxury condominiums withstood the powerful 30-foot storm surge and winds of more than 140 miles per hour when Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005. Penetration of the structure, typically due to compromise of windows and doors, is a major concern during hurricanes, because it can lead to content damage, roof separation, and structural failure. The survival of the condos was primarily attributed to the structure's break-away walls, windows, and doors designed to wash away during high wind and water events. These ground-level-only measures are intended to protect the building from structural loads associated with fast-moving water and water-borne debris." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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