After major hurricane disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) dispatches Building Performance Assessment Teams (BPATs) to evaluate the successes and failures of buildings to withstand the wind and flood forces of these storms. The teams document the results of their evaluations in building performance assessment reports. This 3-hour online course summarizes the BPAT reports for Hurricane Katerina.
SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE OR SKILL OBTAINED
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Describe the building and foundation types typically used in coastal areas
- Illustrate the ability of various building and foundation types to withstand coastal surge, riverine flood, and hurricane winds
- Explain design and construction practices that can reduce building damage in hurricanes
- Describe construction practices that can reduce building damage in hurricanes
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a 15 question multiple-choice quiz. The quiz can be retaken unlimited times until a passing grade of 70% or better is earned. This course satisfies 3 professional development hours (PDH) of continuing education.