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Tue 03.05.2013

FEMA's Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Assessment Team: Critical Facility Observations and Lessons Learned

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, MARCH 5

Where: At The Center   

This presentation will focus on the FEMA MAT observations of damages and successes to hospitals, senior care centers, high-rises, police and fire stations, and schools in New York and New Jersey during Sandy. The presentation will be given by the FEMA MAT lead for the hospital and other critical facilities team, Mr. John Squerciati, PE, CFM. It will provide insights of the following key MAT observations related to these facilities:

  1. Pre-Event Planning and Flood Protection Measures
  2. Emergency Power
  3. Vertical Conveyance/Elevators
  4. Utility Systems
  5. Effect on Facility Operations 

In addition to these observations, the presentation will include discuss initial lessons learned that will inform the more formal MAT report to be released at a later date.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Building Science Branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed a Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) into the impacted communities of New York and New Jersey this past December. The effort tasked several teams with the process of interviewing officials and observing damages and mitigation success stories for the effected buildings and infrastructure. The goal of this effort is reduce future damages and losses, save lives, and consider changes to current codes and standards for future storm events.

Speaker: John Squerciati, PE, CFM

John Squerciati is a Senior Associate at Dewberry Consultants LLC in Fairfax, Virginia. He has more than fourteen years of post-disaster damage assessment and hazard mitigation experience under Dewberry & Davis’ Technical Assistance Contracts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He has worked on numerous natural disasters - including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes - as well as terrorist events.
In addition to leading the hospital and other critical facilities team in New York and New Jersey for the FEMA Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) following Hurricane Sandy, Mr. Squerciati led a team of experts to assess long-duration flood impacts on structures and building materials in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. He also participated as a member of the FEMA MATs deployed following Hurricanes Charley (2005) and Hurricane Isaac (2012).

Mr. Squerciati has provided assistance in developing and updating several FEMA policy and technical documents including FEMA P-85, Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards, FEMA 259, Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood Prone Residential Buildings, FEMA P-312, Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting, FEMA 348, Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage, FEMA 488, Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Charley in Florida, FEMA 549, Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, and NFIP Technical Bulletin 2, Flood Damage-Resistant Materials Requirements.

Mr. Squerciati has developed course materials and served as an instructor for the following courses at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute: Residential Coastal Construction (E386), Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings (E279), Multi-Hazard Building Design Institute: Flood Protective Design (E329), Public Assistance Mitigation (E239) and Benefit-Cost Analysis (E276). In addition, he assisted in the development of materials for Multi-Hazard Mitigation Design Concepts (E312), and has been an instructor numerous field training workshops and seminars for Substantial Damage estimation, structural flood-proofing, NFIP technical bulletins, coastal construction, protecting manufactured homes from flooding, and Benefit-Cost Analysis. Mr. Squerciati received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil engineering from the Cooper Union with a major in structural engineering and a minor in geotechnical engineering. He has taken additional course work on engineering for extreme winds at Texas Tech University. Mr. Squerciati is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Louisiana and a Certified Floodplain Manager.

Organized by: AIA NY Building Codes

Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members

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