||Engineering, Architecture and
Environment: Earthquakes, Wind,
Fire and Other Hazards
Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency
Civil Engineering Division provides Seismic Hazard Mitigation Program publications, including Seismic Design for Buildings and Other Structures, Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned or Leased Buildings, and Seismic Safety of Existing Federal Buildings.
American Association for Wind Engineering
Contains current, archival newsletters, publications; links to wind engineering research centers, government agencies, international organizations, other related groups. Includes links to technical information; FEMA damage assessment reports and resources on wind, building performance and wind hazard mitigation; book chapter on wind effect on buildings; residential wind damage and wind-resistant design bibliography; congressional updates; disaster loss reports; wind engineering software; wind power links. WindNet is contact directory for wind researchers, engineers, government officials, regulators.
American Red Cross
Provides preparedness tips for homes, schools, offices, communities; checklists and tips by disaster type.
American Wood Council
Can download "Design of Wood Frame Buildings for High Wind, Snow, and Seismic Loadings"; Workbook of the Wood Frame Construction Manual; and standards on fire resistance and endurance for wood products.
Applied Technology Council
Researches and develops engineering resources, applications for use in natural hazard mitigation. Lists active projects, with documents available for download. Can download briefing papers on earthquake fundamentals; seismic design of buildings; building safety evaluation forms and placards; post-earthquake building assessment forms; techbriefs. Online Store offers for sale ATC structural engineering reports; training manuals; databases. Contains news releases, bulletins; lists seminars, workshops.
Association of State Floodplain Managers
Provides information about floodplain manager certification. Mitigation includes demolition-rebuild white paper and position paper on cost-benefit analysis of FEMA programs. Legal Issues includes "Professional Liability for Construction in Flood Hazard Areas" and "Liability for Water Control Structure Failure Due to Flooding." Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook is available to registered users.
Building and Fire Research Laboratory
Research facility of the National Institute for Standards and Technology studying building materials, computer-integrated construction practices, fire science and fire safety engineering, and structural, mechanical, environmental engineering. Develops measurements and test methods, performance criteria and technical data that are incorporated into building and fire standards and codes. Lists new products under development, with detailed descriptions of project objectives, stages, components, technical approaches, results to date. Publications contains document abstracts and complete publications produced by or for BFRL staff since 1993 and selected documents since 1977, arranged by author, keyword or title. Highlights gives summaries of last year's projects; lists standards activities. Software offers building economic analysis, fire simulation, research software. Includes Ask the Expert Q&As. Provides information about National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program and National Construction Safety Team Program.
Building Seismic Safety Council
Includes list of current project titles; summaries of council's publications; online publications order form; and "NEHRP Recommended Provisions for Seismic Regulations for New Buildings and Other Structures" (FEMA 302, 303, 368, 369 and 450). Can request technical assistance on NEHRP Provisions and BSSC projects online.
California Department of Conservation, Geological Survey
Seismic Hazard Mapping Program provides online official maps of seismic hazards zones for San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro, parts of San Jose, and the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Clara and Ventura; GIS files of earthquake fault zones around California. Includes full-text Guidelines for Evaluating and Mitigating Seismic Hazards in California; seismic hazard mapping bulletins; building permit fee and seismic hazard zoning information; strong motion data. Provides links to other natural hazards resources. Can order ICBO book of maps used in determining engineering factors for new construction in California.
California, Los Angeles, University of
George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) provides information about facilities, overviews of pilot studies and project components, and project papers.
California Seismic Safety Commission
Contains Guide and Checklist for Nonstructural Earthquake Hazards in California Schools; Status of the Unreinforced Masonry Building Law; Finding and Recommendations on Hospital Seismic Safety; Built to Resist Earthquakes; Path to Quality Seismic Design and Construction for Architects, Engineers, Inspectors; Commercial Property Owner's Guide to Earthquake Safety; and Architectural Practice and Earthquake Hazards. Lists other publications available to order.
California State University, Northridge, Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Earthquake Engineering Research Project
Can view abstracts of and technical information from research projects in earthquake performance, earthquake protection, terrorist blast protection, building codes, structural controls and related issues.
Center for Geotechnical Modeling at University of California, Davis
Provides links to Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Program project pages. Can view list of data reports, with links to project pages; browse list of research reports and download them; download presentations. Includes Principles of Centrifuge Modeling.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Hurricanes
Provides facts about hurricane recovery; disaster safety guide; safety clean-up guide that includes information on re-entering damaged buildings, carbon monoxide exposure, mold, electrical and hazardous materials issues, infectious diseases, water safety issues. Includes safety guidance for first responders, shelter workers, health professionals.
Colorado at Boulder, University of
Natural Hazards Center is a national and international clearinghouse for information on natural hazards and human adjustments to hazards and disasters. Contains latest and archival issues of Disaster Research and Natural Hazards Observer newsletters; working papers; special publications; bibliographies of hazard- and disaster-related documents. Lists U.S. and international disaster and hazard agencies and organizations; centers and institutes studying hazards and disasters; events; training programs; publications; and useful Web sites by type of hazard.
Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering
Provides summaries, videos and photos of current research projects; full-text newsletter; technical publications available for sale; project award announcements, with project summaries; and information about the organization and member universities.
Department of Homeland Security
Emergencies and Disasters contains guide for first responders; planning and prevention resources for emergency managers, responders, care providers; hazard mitigation links.
Disaster Contractors Network
Resources for post-disaster rebuilding and recovery include hurricane season reports; analysis of hot topics; bulletin board for posting critical needs; Compilation of Construction Site Hurricane Preparation Actions; online training module; vendor database; construction guidelines to prevent damage to or destruction of homes; contractor brochures; news.
This is the Web site of the e-Government Initiative established by the President's Management Council, which is dedicated to disaster preparedness, prevention, response. Provides links to agencies, organizations, hurricane maps, news updates, resources by disaster type. Includes Guide For Emergency Operations Planning.
Disaster Recovery Journal
Business Continuity Services Directory lists consultants and vendors by category. Includes business continuity glossary, planning model, discussion forum, articles, sample disaster recovery plans, training, job listings.
Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
Research journal for earthquake engineering, including seismology, ground motion characteristics, soil amplification and failure, probabilistic and deterministic methods of dynamic analysis, structural behavior, and methods of reducing the seismic response of structures, including structural control, base isolation and hybrid methods. Provides information on seismic code requirements and tsunamis. Visitors can view abstracts of current, upcoming and archival issues; registered users can receive sample issue; subscribers can download articles; provides subscription and contact information.
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Provides Post-Earthquake Investigation Field Guide, information about reconnaissance activities, forms. Lists conferences on earthquake engineering. Publications catalog lists technical publications, conference proceedings, videos and slide sets of past earthquakes. Can read current and archived newsletter issues since 1996. Can browse or search for articles from the Earthquake Spectra professional journal (1984- current issue), view abstracts and purchase articles online. Links to state and federal legislation on seismic safety. Provides case studies on ethical dilemmas in earthquake risk reduction; related links. World Housing Encyclopedia is an interactive, Web-based encyclopedia of housing construction types in seismically prone areas of the world. Lists employment and fellowship opportunities in earthquake research.
Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery Resource Center
Provides "Loss Recovery Guide with Standards." Contains guide to emergency services, mitigation, recovery and restoration; information on responding to fire, smoke, water, storm damage. Includes resources on hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, lightning, storms; weather, seismic updates. Provides disaster recovery information, forms, contracts; estimating and project management tools; glossary, acronyms, abbreviations; supply chain advice; directory of damage recovery firms, including for art, antiques, documents, and equipment suppliers; disaster mitigation links.
Offers checklists, planning guides, guidelines on flood, earthquake, hurricane, windstorm, winter storm, disaster preparedness for sale.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Mitigation Division includes mitigation information by hazard; technical assistance programs; flood hazard mapping information, regulations and guidance; contact information for map specialists; list of training courses; information on retrofitting flood-prone residential buildings; links to state emergency management offices and regional FEMA offices. Mitigation Technical Library includes technical guidance on building in seismically active areas; design guides for floodplains; Design and Construction Guidance for Community Shelters; Reducing Flood Losses Through the International Code Series; and other guidance publications. Earthquakes contains "FEMA 350 - Recommended Seismic Design Criteria for New Steel Moment-Frame Buildings," "FEMA 351 - Recommended Seismic Evaluation and Upgrade Criteria for Existing Welded Steel Moment-Frame Buildings," "FEMA 352 - Recommended Post-Earthquake Evaluation and Repair Criteria for Welded Steel Moment-Frame Buildings," "FEMA 353 - Recommended Specifications and Quality Assurance Guidelines for Steel Moment-Frame Construction for Seismic Applications," and "FEMA 354 - A Policy Guide to Steel Moment-Frame Construction." Includes "Techniques for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings," part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program family of publications. Building Performance Assessment Team posts reports of findings and recommendations on major U.S. natural and man-made disasters. Multihazard Building Design Summer Institute offers free courses for engineering and architectural faculty teaching building design. Next-Generation Performance-Based Seismic Design Guidelines includes FEMA guidelines aimed at improving seismic design and performance of structural, nonstructural components in new and existing buildings. National Dam Safety Program provides links to technical resources and lists upcoming workshops. Hazards provides information, guides, checklists and links for earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods, landslides, tornadoes, tsunamis, flooding, and other natural disasters. Hurricane resources include preparedness guide, inland flooding facts, safety and mitigation tips.
FLASH (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes)
Provides resources on protecting people and homes in earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, wildfire and other natural disasters, including overviews, how-tos, links, guides and videos on disaster proofing residences, personal safety guidelines, post-disaster guides.
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Provides guides to returning to a flooded home; coastal resident recovery guidelines; information about long-term hurricane recovery and related links.
Florida Department of Community Affairs, Division of Housing and Community Development
Residential Construction Mitigation Program includes Mitigation Incentives database; "Development of Loss Relativities for Wind-Resistive Features of Residential Structures"; Disaster Resistant Construction Retrofit Guidelines; Disaster Contractor Network; link to Florida International University hurricane research activities; and related links.
HAZUS – Multihazard Loss Estimation Methodology
Nationally applicable, standardized methodology and software program for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods and wind developed by FEMA. Includes text of the methodology and estimation models; hardware and software requirements; user FAQs; and ordering information.
Homeland Security Standards Database
Database of homeland security standards developed by American National Standards Institute and Department of Homeland Security. Can view documents by topic or search by keyword or document number.
Hurricane Protection Magazine
Contains current and archival articles; features and departments; code updates; product profiles; events calendar.
Indoor Air Quality Association, Disaster Restoration Information
Provides tips on building restoration and recovery after flooding; checklist of qualifications for restoration contractors; mold, restoration, clean-up links.
Institute for Research in Construction
Contains information on research programs in Building Envelope and Structure, Fire Risk Management, Indoor Environment, Urban Infrastructure. Provides the institute's evaluations of more than 600 construction products. Publications can be ordered online, including Canada's national construction codes, research program publications, newsletters and magazines.
International Code Council, Hurricane Preparedness
Provides links to Federal Emergency Management Administration announcements, safety alerts, news releases; resources on disaster preparedness, flood clean-up, mold prevention and remediation; hurricane tips; information about ICC Hurricane Symposium; preparedness seminars.
International Hurricane Protection Association
Provides tips on hurricane preparedness; zone maps; hurricane tracking and analysis resources. Lists products approved by state code organizations; member manufacturers and contractors.
International Tsunami Information Centre
Provides information about tsunamis, current and past warning messages, risk zones, warning signs, safety rules. Includes information about Centre training events, expert directory, research center links, searchable online library.
Mid-America Earthquake Research Center
Provides information about research programs, list of publications, online newsletter and news archive.
Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER)
Includes research project information, publications and bibliographies; Quakeline database of information on earthquake engineering and hazards mitigation; information about yearly subscription to technical report series; earthquake reconnaissance reports; research summaries. Provides annotated citations to FEMA and NEHRP guidelines for earthquake resistant construction and design; other research guides; computerized literature searches; and online reference request form. Web resources include earthquake exercises, fact sheets, and listings of instructional and educational opportunities. Lists conferences and events.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hurricane Resource Page
Includes images and videos of hurricane activity; current updates and historical information.
National Association of Home Builders
Construction, Codes and Standards links to disaster preparedness resources, including FEMA fact sheets on tornado preparedness, hurricane rebuilding, "Home Builder's Guide To Coastal Construction."
National Flood Insurance Program, Surveyor's Guide to the Elevation Certificate
Training module is designed to help surveyors, engineers, architects correctly complete the FEMA Elevation Certificate; includes building diagrams, video, certificate form templates and instructions.
National Hurricane Center
Provides hurricane outlook; tropical cyclone forecasts and advisories; images. Includes Hurricane Preparedness Guide to storm surge, tornadoes, high winds, flooding, which provide safety action advisories, graphs, photos, videos, links; Family Disaster Plan; homeowner checklist; retrofit guide; safe room construction plans and cost estimates. Includes Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale; subscription to tropical cyclone e-mail advisories.
National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering
Contains database of more than 100,000 earthquake engineering abstracts; database of university research reports; downloadable slide libraries and e-books; Godden Structural Engineering Slide Library; historic collection of earthquake images; link to PEER Strong Motion database; software downloads; and technical guides and publications.
National Storm Shelter Association
Contains Standard for the Design, Construction, and Performance of Storm Shelters; shelter quality checklists. Lists member builders and related product/service providers.
National Weather Service, Pacific Region Headquarters
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center contains latest and archival tsunami bulletins for Hawaii and the Pacific region. Central Pacific Hurricane Center contains tropical cyclone summaries, tropical weather outlook and satellite imagery by region. West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center provides information about TsunamiReady program; tsunami and earthquake safety advice and statistics.
Natural Hazards Center
Research and information clearinghouse on social and policy issues of natural hazards, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, Army Corps of Engineers, other federal agencies. Publications includes current and archival issues of Disaster Research newsletter; Quick Response reports; archival issues of Natural Hazards Review. Resources includes HazLit database of citations to journal articles, books, reports; Katrina resource page; bibliography of hazard and disaster periodicals; links to other natural hazards sites with content annotations; directory of academic and government institutions, international organizations. Lists events and training programs.
Nevada, Reno, University of, Research Centers
Bridge Research and Information Center includes photos and videos of recent tests; list of published engineering and earthquake databases; abstract database of the Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research (CCEER) at the Department of Civil Engineering. Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology lists publications available online and for sale; includes searchable bibliography, links to databases and indexes. Nevada Seismological Laboratory provides research project pages with publications and data; schedule of seminars; earthquake data; earthquake preparedness information.
Notre Dame, University of, Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences
NatHaz Modeling Laboratory studies the effects of natural hazards on structures and develops innovative strategies to mitigate their effects. Can download publications on wind engineering and structural aerodynamics; earthquake modeling and engineering; structural dynamics and control; and structural reliability and risk analysis. Includes Aerodynamics Load Database and NSF Tall Building study summary. Structural Dynamics and Monitoring Laboratory includes research project summaries and full text of papers on structural control issues; list of experiments; links to strong motion data; and benchmark comparisons.
Online Hazard Map Generator
Courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Administration and Environmental Systems Research Institute, this Web site generates online hazard maps for specific areas by hazard type.
Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
Consortium of Western universities, including University of California system; California Institute of Technology; University of Southern California; Stanford University; University of Washington; and business and industry partners working to develop performance-based seismic design technology. Lists research activities. Visitors can access earthquake reconnaissance reports and databases; "PEER Center News" and "PEER Reports"; earthquake engineering abstracts; and Strong Motion Database. Registered users can access OpenSees software framework for developing applications to simulate performance of structural and geotechnical systems subjected to earthquakes.
Smart Communities Network
Disaster Planning contains case studies, local disaster planning codes and ordinances, disaster planning articles, publications, and links.
Southern California Earthquake Center
Research center that coordinates earthquake research at several universities and other institutions. Includes earthquake databases, maps, papers, research projects, events calendar and publication abstracts. Also includes "Guidelines for Analyzing and Mitigating Landslide Hazards in California"; earthquake preparedness handbook.
Stanford University, John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center
Provides information about research activities, research project summaries, list of publications and 1994- present newsletter archive.
Structural Engineering Institute
Provides online seismic maps; lists conferences and continuing education courses; offers technical publications for sale. Can view tables of contents and article abstracts; can subscribe to or buy articles online from Journal of Structural Engineering, Journal of Bridge Engineering, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction. Members can access Structure Magazine, e-newsletter, technical articles.
Texas A&M University, College Station, Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center
Lists current and recent research projects; extensive list of articles, books and research reports available for sale; downloadable lectures and presentations; information about Environmental Hazard Management Certificate program; directory of state and local emergency management and hazards agencies; links.
Texas Tech University, Wind Science and Engineering Research Center
Publications contains technical report on the effects of hurricanes and tornadoes on buildings construction; engineering analysis of tornadoes; damage surveys; and engineering assessment of structural damage.
U.S. Fire Administration
Fire Safety includes technical reports and information on smoke alarms and residential sprinklers. Research Projects under Health and Safety contains information and documents on building performance, including structural collapse, lightweight construction performance.
U.S. Geological Survey
Earthquake Hazards Program contains seismic hazard and earthquake maps, technical research papers, "Saving Lives Through Better Design Standards," "Building Safer Structures." Includes global, national and regional fact sheets and other publications. Provides regional pages, with data and publications. Contains maps of recent U.S. earthquake activity; past and historical earthquakes; national and global seismic hazards; faults; East Coast infrastructure at risk; flood-related fact sheets and hazard reports. Landslides includes full text of National Landslide Hazards Mitigation Strategy, reports, and National Landslide Information Center's state and local links. National Mapping Information contains instructions on obtaining maps, atlases, aerial photographs, satellite imagery, global land information, hydrography information and other USGA products. WaterWatch can view real-time nationwide and state-specific maps and streamflow data; updates; maps of flood and high flow conditions; other water data.
Utah Geological Survey
Publications contains earthquake maps, earthquake and landslide publications, "Guidelines for Evaluating Surface Fault Rupture Hazards in Utah," "Homeowner's Guide to Recognizing and Reducing Landslide Damage on Their Property," "Guidelines for Preparing Engineering Geologic Reports in Utah," and ground water and wastewater maps and publications. Can order "Guidelines for Evaluating Landslide Hazards in Utah" developed to assist geologists and geotechnical engineers in performing landslide-hazard studies.
Washington University, Structural Control and Earthquake Engineering Laboratory
Lists research activities; includes downloadable reports and videos.
Western States Seismic Policy Council
Provides Earthquake Quarterly and other earthquake publications. Tsunami Center provides policy recommendations and tsunami resources by state; links to government and academic resource.
World Housing Encyclopedia
Research project of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute to build an interactive, Web-based encyclopedia of housing construction types in seismically prone areas of the world. Can search database by region, building function, construction type, period of practice, economic level, building material, structure type and other criteria.
World Trade Center – NIST
Web page dedicated to building and fire safety investigations of the causes of the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers. Contains updates, presentations, investigation and findings reports, photos, other documents.