Mitigation Assessment Team Report on Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast: Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance [Full Report] [open pdf - 541MB]
Alternate Title: Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance [Full Report]
"In response to Hurricane Katrina, FEMA deployed a Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) to evaluate and assess damage from the hurricane and provide observations, conclusions, and recommendations on the performance of buildings and other structures impacted by wind and flood forces. The conclusions and recommendations of the report provide decision-makers with information and technical guidance that can be used to reduce future hurricane damage. Topics discussed include: Katrina recovery advisories, interim guidance for levee studies, environmental and continuity of operations issues for infrastructure, sampling and analytical methods, historic building pre- and post-disaster mitigation, FEMA Regional Offices, floodplain management regulations and building codes and standards, overview of storm-related damage, structural systems performance, building envelope performance, historic buildings, performance of critical and essential facilities, and mitigation successes and best practices."
Risk Management Series, FEMA 549