2008 Hurricanes Renew Interest in 2005 Study
This year’s heavy hurricane and tropical storm activity in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions have renewed interest in the report Coast in the Eye of the Storm-Hurricane Katrina: August 29, 2005. Funded by the RMC Research & Education Foundation and the Mississippi Concrete Industries Association, the study was conducted by Mississippi State University’s Civil Engineering Department. The report includes a forensic evaluation of how different building systems withstand harsh weather events, such as high winds, projectile damage, storm surge and flooding associated with hurricanes. The report also includes recommendations for strengthening building codes. The findings of the study have already helped to affect changes in building codes along Mississippi’s coastal region.
“As areas affected by these recent storms continue to clean up and begin rebuilding efforts, it is important to consider ways in which life and property may be better protected in the future,” said Foundation Executive Director Julie Garbini adding. “The Foundation’s Board of Trustees was particularly interested in how this study would assist communities in their rebuilding efforts both in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina but also following future storms since the findings would be applicable to all areas under threat of severe weather.”
Copies of the report may be obtained on CD or as a hardcopy. Additional information about this study and others funded by the RMC Research & Education Foundation may be found at www.rmc-foundation.org.