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Hurricane Maria Projects

 

hazardcharacterization

*Hazard Characterization:

The objective of this project is to characterize the wind environment associated with Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico, including topographic effects, and to document other hazards associated with the hurricane, including storm surge, rainfall, flooding, and landslides. More information about this project can be found through the following link: Hazard Characterization Initial Overview.


 

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*Performance of Critical Buildings:

The objective of this project is to characterize the performance of critical buildings in Hurricane Maria by (1) documenting failures of structural systems, building envelopes, and rooftop equipment, along with the resulting intrusion of wind-driven rain, interior damage, and loss of function for a representative sample of hospitals and schools, (2) identifying dependencies in loss of function on lifelines, (3) characterizing wind loads on building envelopes and rooftop equipment through wind tunnel testing for a subset of  these hospitals and schools to correlate with observed damage, and (4) evaluating the adequacy of existing selection criteria and design requirements for storm shelters. More information about this project can be found through the following link: Performance of Critical Buildings Overview.


 

publicresponse

*Public Response to Emergency Communications:

The objective of this project is to investigate the role of emergency communications in public response for those under imminent threat from Hurricane Maria. This project will also investigate the use of communications in disaster response (during and immediately after the hurricane event). More information about this project can be found through the following link:  Public Response to Emergency Communications Overview.


 

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*Characterization of Morbidity and Mortality:

The objective of this project is to complete a quantitative morbidity and mortality assessment of Puerto Rico, to better understand how damaged buildings and supporting infrastructure played a role in the injuries and deaths associated with Hurricane Maria. The study results will provide guidance to improve codes, standards and inform future approaches to accurately attribute and predict life loss due to wind storm building failure(s). More information about this project can be found through the following link: Characterization of Morbidity and Mortality Overview.


 

recoveryofbusiness

Recovery of Business and Supply Chains:

The objective of this project is to identify the underlying characteristics and conditions associated with recovery of supply chains from disturbance from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and examine the recovery trajectories of sampled small- and medium-sized businesses, including manufacturing, retail, and service sectors in Puerto Rico. This is information is being studied to provide greater understanding of business continuity resilience planning and supply chain continuity and how these may differ between industries/affected regions. This project will also include investigation of the interdependencies with business functions and the broader community (e.g., households, critical health facilities, and schools). More information about this project can be found through the following link:  Recovery of Business and Supply Chains Overview.


 

recoveryofsocialfunctions

Recovery of Social Functions:

The objective of this project is to identify the underlying characteristics and conditions associated with recovery of critical social functions from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and to examine the recovery trajectories of sampled schools and hospitals. This project will also include investigation of the interdependencies of the broader community (e.g., households, businesses) and the social functions provided by schools and hospitals. More information about this project can be found through the following link:  Recovery of Social Functions Overview.


 

impactsandrecovery

Impacts to and Recovery of Infrastructure Systems Supporting Critical Buildings and Emergency Communications:

The objective of this project is to investigate power, water, and transportation infrastructure dependencies as they relate to critical buildings regarding impacts and recovery. This information will be used to make recommendations for increasing resilience through changes to codes, standards and practice. More information about this project can be found through the following link: Impacts to and Recovery of Infrastructure Systems Overview. 

 


*Indicates an NCST Project. Other projects are being conducted under the NWIRP authority.

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Created November 14, 2018, Updated January 16, 2020