This year’s heavy hurricane and tropical storm activity in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions have renewed interest in the reportCoast in the Eye of the Storm-Hurricane Katrina: August 29, 2005.
This year’s heavy
hurricane and tropical storm activity in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions
have renewed interest in the reportCoast
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
“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 atwww.rmc-foundation.org.