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Protecting Residential Structures From Wind

D. Allen Hughes, PE

This course will introduce you to the principles and practices of protecting residential structures from high winds. The content of this course is a compilation of several FEMA articles which all pertain to wind protection of residential structures. A team of experts examined homes that had failed and homes that had survived damage from Hurricane Andrew. It has been found that once high winds penetrate the building envelope (outer shell) of the home, the likelihood of significant structural damage to the home greatly increases. It can be concluded that protecting the building envelope increases the chances of the home surviving the storm with less damage. The team of experts identified common areas that should be checked for weakness the roof, the doors, windows, garage doors (where applicable), roofing systems, and external insulation finishing systems (EIFS). Gable roof systems were also found to be more likely to suffer damage during a high wind event. Each area of weakness identified in this course also includes simple and effective remedies. Emphasis is made that residents should not avoid or delay evacuation based on implementing the remedies in this course.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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