Structural Engineering Design

Structural Engineering Design Plays a Big Part in FEMA Standards

construction siteMost people in the public sector, including electrical engineering services, have heard about an agency called FEMA. FEMA is forefront in the media when a natural or man-made disaster hits an area of the United States.

These disasters can be the after effects of weather, terror attacks, nuclear accidents, and other. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, short for FEMA, belongs under the umbrella of the United States Department of Homeland Security and was born over 35-years ago.

FEMA’s responsibility lies with coordinating a massive response to a disaster stricken area of the United States and all territories of the United States in response to depleting local and state funds and physical assistance help during that catastrophe including the effects of terror. FEMA responds to a state governor’s declaration of a state of emergency.

If a disaster strikes any government property, FEMA responds without the governor of that state declaring an emergency situation. Structural Engineering Designers offer removal, demolition, and rebuilding of buildings and areas destroyed. These experts answer the call to their particular field as soon as the federal government funds for demolition and reconstruction of an area or structure.

The focus of FEMA is to support the public sector through quick first response to disaster relief. Their mission to help rebuild, improve, prepare for disasters, sustain new structures, respond to and assist the public to recover. The ultimate focus is to help people prepare for a possible catastrophe.

To date, FEMA has a central headquarters, ten regional offices, and a training center. Structural Engineering Design professionals play a huge part in FEMA who works side by side with agencies such as the United States Army Corps of Engineers, HUD ( the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other such agencies. Because many organizations years ago responded to the same disasters, with a focus on the same priority, the United States President formed a centralized federal emergency agency, FEMA. This agency now coordinates extensive relief efforts for the government, which in turn brings a systemic and orderly assistance to an area hit by a disaster.

Even though all states realize specific comprehensive disaster preparedness plans, but when a state has exhausted all their efforts, FEMA is ready for the call bringing with them Structural Engineering Design professionals.

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Some of the agencies that the President of the United States grouped into one agency, FEMA, was,

. The Federal Insurance Administration
. The National Weather Service Community Preparedness Program
. The Federal Disaster Assistance Administration or HUD,
. The National Fire Prevention and Control Administration
. Civil defense responsibilities
. The Federal Preparedness Agency

Just as these agencies became one, called FEMA, 13-years ago the President placed FEMA under the umbrella of the DHS or the United States Department of Homeland Security offering further training to FEMA responders to ensure they could deal with weapons of mass destruction and had the equipment to respond.