June 25, 2007
NEW ORLEANS -
Building better, stronger and safer is the key line of attack Louisiana residents are advised to consider when rebuilding or mitigating their properties. With disaster resistance in mind, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed a Mitigation Model House to showcase advanced building techniques.
The Mitigation Model House plays an important role in educating the public about stronger, more storm-resistant structures needed in coastal areas. By exceeding state and local building codes, the model house demonstrates a "code plus" approach for home and business owners to decrease chances of major structural damage from wind or water.
"To build a model structure which highlights proper building code techniques is very important," said Wayne Berggren, National Flood Insurance Program supervisor with FEMA’s New Orleans Transitional Recovery Office. "A homeowner or builder can better visualize from a structure rather than a picture in a book. This to me was the purpose of constructing a model house."
The model house is currently on display at Lakeside Shopping Center through July 4, 2007. Disaster specialists will be on site from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day through July 3, 2007 to answer questions on safer and stronger techniques for rebuilding homes and businesses.
Students from Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Industrial Technology and their supervising faculty built the portable structure in Hammond, Louisiana. Simpson Strong-Tie donated the metal fasteners to the school for the model.
Summertime also brings hurricane season. If tropical storm force winds are nearing, listen to local and state officials for evacuation orders, and always leave the trailer behind. For more information on trailer safety, as well as important tips to prepare for a hurricane, visit www.fema.gov , www.emergency.louisiana.gov or www.ready.gov .
FEMA manages federal response
and recovery efforts following
any national incident, initiates
mitigation activities and
manages the National Flood
Insurance Program. FEMA works
closely with state and local
emergency managers, law
firefighters and other first
responders. FEMA became part of
the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security on March 1, 2003.
For more information on
Louisiana disaster recovery,