About this course

This course provides guidance on retrofitting existing residential structures to resist or mitigate the consequences of natural hazards in the coastal environment. The natural hazards that are addressed are wildfires, seismic events, floods, and high winds. Specific retrofitting methods and implementation are discussed briefly, and resources with more in-depth information are provided.

Some retrofitting methods are presented together with broader, non-retrofitting mitigation methods when retrofitting and non-retrofitting methods are presented together in the referenced guidance.

Wildfire Mitigation
Seismic Mitigation
Flood Mitigation
Elevating of buildings
Structure relocation
Dry and wet floodproofing
Floodwalls and levees
Multi-hazard and high wind mitigation
Evaluating existing homes
Retrofit packages and additional measures
FEMA wind retrofit grant programs

Intended Audience: This course is intended for Construction, Civil, Coastal, Facilities, Geotechnical, and other engineers whose job description may require a general knowledge of construction within coastal environments.

Publication Source: US FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Authority)

2 hours
Certificate of completion
Beginner level
No prerequisites
No preparation required
1 year access


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