Inspection of Damaged Buildings

by Charles Lindbergh, The Citadel, Charleston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hurricane Hugo One Year Later


Volunteer engineers and architects have had a significant impact in expediting the recovery of South Carolina from the ravages of Hurricane Hugo. Augmenting state and local government engineering organizations, they have conducted FEMA facility damage assessment surveys of public facilities, performed contingency facility damage inspections for municipalities and provided contingency engineering and construction repair services to municipalities. This paper reviews the initiation, continued development, and utilization of the resource named the Volunteer Technical Assistance Group (VOLTAG). It concludes by recommending actions to institutionalize the capability in ready posture to assist during the next major natural disaster.

Subject Headings: Inspection | Buildings | Volunteerism | Public buildings | Local government | Natural disasters | Building codes | Architects | South Carolina | United States

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