Mitigation of windstorm disasters

Kishor C. Mehta, Ernst W. Kiesling

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Efforts to mitigate windstorm disasters can be divided into four areas: life safety; lifeline safety; business protection; and property loss reduction. There are two important strategies to reduce deaths and personal injuries due to disasters: evacuation and shelter design. Shelters might prove to be more economical than evacuation. The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published design criteria for occupant safety in buildings and for loads that can be used to design emergency operation centers. The preliminary designs suggest the use of reinforced concrete or masonry which can provide protection from severe winds. Mitigation efforts should also provide for the continuity of businesses and services for the welfare of the public.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction - Washington, DC, USA
Duration: Dec 3 1996Dec 5 1996


ConferenceProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction
CityWashington, DC, USA


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