Hazard mitigation design resources
Extreme weather events are increasing in intensity and frequency. The following resources can support hazard risk reduction development, design, and construction choices. These resources include risk analysis data and tools, hazard maps, and building design guidelines for new and existing buildings.
Hazard mitigation plans offer a general overview of risk and are a valuable starting point. They show the probability, frequency, and severity of threats.
- ThinkHazard! provides a general view of the hazards, for a given location. The tool highlights the likelihood of different natural hazards affecting project areas (very low, low, medium and high), provides guidance on how to reduce the impact of these hazards, and where to find more information. The hazard levels provided are based on published hazard data, provided by a range of private, academic and public organizations.
- New Construction: Hazard Mitigation Strategies: Understand the primary and secondary hazard impacts of key hazard types and apply both code and above-code hazard mitigation strategies to safeguard your clients investment and reduce vulnerability.
- ASCE 7 Hazard tool: provides site-specific data for the determination of multiple types of Hazard Loads for buildings and other structures. Data from this tool is compatible with ASCE 7-10 and ASCE 7-16.
- ATC Hazards by location: provides site-specific hazard information that can be used to determine design loads for buildings and other structures.
- Existing Buildings: Hazard Mitigation Retrofits: Explore best practices for retrofiring and upgrading existing and historic buildings to reduce potential damage from hazard events.
- FEMA P-530, Earthquake Safety at Home: discusses wide-ranging steps to adequately prepare and product residential buildings
- FEMA EMI G318 Mitigation Planning Workshop for Preparing and Reviewing Local Plans: A training for professionals conducting a hazard mitigation planning process from FEMA. Last updated in 2017.
- Mitigation Ideas: A Resource for Reducing Risk to Natural Hazards: A resource for communities to evaluate a range of potential mitigation actions for reducing risk to natural hazards and disasters. Published in 2013.
- Strategies to encourage state and local adoption of disaster-resistant codes and standards to improve resiliency: a communication and advocacy tool for architects on code adoption, implementation and application, both generally and for hazard risk reduction. Published in 2015.
- FEMA P-1000, Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety: This guide provides up-to-date, authoritative information and guidance that schools can use to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing natural hazards. Published in 2017.