Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico: Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance [open pdf - 126MB]
Alternate Title: Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico: Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance
"For over 30 years, FEMA has been conducting studies and assessments of the performance of the built environment after disasters of national significance. In these instances, FEMA deploys Mitigation Assessment Teams (MATs) to observe building performance and provide design and construction guidance to improve disaster resistance of the built environment in the affected area. [...] Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, FEMA's Building Science Branch, in coordination with Region II office and the Puerto Rico Joint Field Office (JFO), deployed a Preliminary MAT in October 2017. Observations from that team led to a full MAT deployment in December. The MAT consulted frequently with Commonwealth and municipal officials and resident subject matter experts during both deployments. Areas of focused observations included: building codes, standards and regulations; residential and low-rise buildings; schools, critical facilities, photovoltaic (PV) arrays, and solar water heaters."
FEMA P-2020; Federal Emergency Management Agency P-2020
U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency: https://www.fema.gov/