American Society of Civil Engineers


Protecting Critical Facilities


by Thomas L. Smith, (President, TLSmith Consulting Inc., Rocton, Illinois.), Manuel Perotin, P.E., M.ASCE, (Program Manager, Atkins, Tampa, Florida.), and Erin Walsh, (Scientist, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Washington, D.C.)

Civil Engineering—ASCE
, Vol. 82, No. 5, May 2012, pp. 52-57

Note: This article is based on the paper "Enhancing Tornado Performance of Critical Facilities: Findings and Recommendations of FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Team," which the authors presented at the 2012 Structures Congress, a conference organized by ASCE and its Structural Engineering Institute and held in Chicago in March.

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Document type: Feature Article
Abstract: After a series of powerful tornadoes struck several states in April and May of last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency dispatched a team to assess the performance of residential and commercial buildings and such critical facilities as hospitals and emergency operations centers. The team’s observations formed the basis of several publications issued by the agency referred to as tornado recovery advisories.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Residential buildings
Commercial buildings
Tornadoes
Federal agencies

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