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Special Wind Region (SWR) Maps for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

FEMA 2020, hazard mitigation, Vulnerability, wind

October 27, 2021

This handout offers guidance on how design professionals, planners, citizens, and other stakeholders can use an alternative method to determine design wind speeds for various types of buildings in the CNMI.

Region 9 – CNMI Discovery Report, Risk MAP, January 2021

FEMA hazard mitigation, Sustainable Communities, Vulnerability

October 26, 2021

This report summarizes the recent Discovery engagement in the CNMI. Discovery is the first phase of FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) program.

Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting

FEMA FEMA, hazard mitigation, Sustainable Communities

August 10, 2021

Frost, S., Mahadevia, A, Mills, D., Reeder, A., Sheldon, A., and Squerciati, J. (2014). Homewoner’s Guide to Retrofitting. (pp.212). Washington, DC: US Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Administration.

Performance of Public Buildings and Critical Facilities (FEMA P-2179)

FEMA 2021, DRR, SSG

August 9, 2021

This report (FEMA P-2179) focuses on the performance of the public buildings and critical facilities impacted by the event. This summary report is technical in nature and intended for an audience of building/facility owners, engineers, and design professionals.

Performance of One- and Two-Family Dwellings (FEMA P-2178)

FEMA 2021, DRR, SSG

August 9, 2021

This report (FEMA P-2178) focuses on the performance of one- and two-family dwellings impacted by the event. The performance of these residential buildings varied depending on their design, construction type and quality, geographic location, maintenance history, and siting.

Codes, Standards, and Permitting (FEMA P-2177)

FEMA 2021, DRR, permitting, SSG

August 9, 2021

This report (FEMA P-2177) focuses on the use of hazard-resistant provisions of building codes and standards. The recommendations resulting from building performance and forensic assessments help FEMA coordinate with agencies and organizations to assess the hazard-resistant provisions of the adopted building codes and standards. In addition, recommendations support community development of long-term strategies to reduce future damage and impacts from storms and improve community resilience.

Mitigating Wind Damage to Existing Critical Facilities

FEMA 2021, DRR, SSG, wind

August 9, 2021

This Recovery Advisory provides information to reduce critical facility vulnerability to damage from high wind, including suggestions for assessing the vulnerability of a critical facility to future hazards. The information in this advisory is most useful for retrofits of existing buildings, but also references design guidance appropriate for new construction. Although the focus of this document is on critical facilities, many of the recommendations can be applied to other types of facilities. The audience for this recovery advisory is critical facility owners and operators, engineers, and architects.

Permitting and Inspection Process for Disaster-Resilient Residential Home

FEMA 2021, DRR, permitting, SSG

August 9, 2021

This Fact Sheet informs homeowners or their designated representatives—such as a contractor—about the permitting and inspection process, which helps protect the homes, lands, and natural resources of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). By completing these steps and responsibilities as described, your home will be more resilient to natural disasters.

Maintenance and Retrofit Options for Key Building Systems

FEMA 2021, DRR, SSG

August 9, 2021

Critical public buildings such as the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), police and fire stations, and hospitals play a vital role in public safety during and immediately after a storm. Their ability to perform is based on a large part of every system in the envelope that protects the building being resilient and properly maintained. The loss of one part of the envelope or other key system means the loss of that building’s purpose. Maintenance issues should be identified as early as possible and organized based on cost and importance. The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide options to reduce disaster damage, minimize repair costs, and reduce service losses for key building systems in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This fact sheet describes lower-cost maintenance recommendations and higher-cost wind retrofits to improve building performance in future disasters.

Maintenance and Retrofit Options for Roof Coverings, Opening Protection Systems, and Exterior Building Elements

FEMA 2021, DRR, SSG

August 9, 2021

The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide cost-effective ways to reduce disaster damages and increase the life expectancy of residential buildings in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This fact sheet describes many affordable solutions, including lower-cost maintenance recommendations and higher-cost retrofits.