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Assessing the Vulnerability at Coastal Sites

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

In coastal areas, proper siting and design require an accurate assessment of the vulnerability of any proposed structure or building site, including the nature and extent of coastal hazards. Failure to properly identify and design against coastal hazards can lead to severe consequences, causing building damage or destruction.

This course discusses the following topics:

  • Hazard identification and risk assessment for natural hazards that can affect coastal construction
  • Hazard mapping procedures used by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and by various states and communities

  • Additional details on hazard identification and risk assessment issues can be found in a number of references. One of the most comprehensive is a recent report, Multi-Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, produced by FEMA (1997b).

    This course is based entirely on the Chapter 7, Identifying Hazards of the FEMA Publication Coastal Construction Manual (FEMA-55). This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the subject document in its entirety.

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