FEMA IS 279.A: Introduction to Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings

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The study guide to the independent study course IS 279.A: Introduction to Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings. Contains correct course notes and FEMA IS 279 Answers. The course is quite long and the final exam is composed of 30 questions with several alternate questions.

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide essential, nontechnical information about retrofitting existing flood-prone residential structures as presented in the third edition of FEMA P-259, Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Structures (FEMA 2012).

Course Objectives:

Identify the following basic retrofitting methods that are appropriate for one- to four-family residential buildings in flood-prone areas (except Zone V):

  • Elevation
  • Relocation
  • Flood Walls and Levees
  • Wet Floodproofing
  • Dry Floodproofing
  • Identify National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy, regulations, building codes, and standards that govern retrofitting projects
  • Evaluate the suitability of retrofitting measures for individual residential buildings
  • Understand the factors, both flood-related and non-flood-related, that control the design and selection of a retrofitting measure

 

IS 279 Example Questions

When elevation and relocation are not feasible or practical, equipment may be able to be protected by:
A. Low floodwalls/shields
B. Anchors and tie-downs that prevent flotation
C. Backflow valves
D. All of the above

Communities that participate in NFIP typically have FIS and FIRMS.
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

On a riverine FIRM, the high risk zone is:
A. Zone A
B. Zone D
C. Zone X (shaded and unshaded)
D. All of the above

Before assessing homeowner concerns on the Preliminary Floodproofing/Retrofitting Preference Matrix, why might some measures be automatically excluded from consideration?
A. They are not allowed per local regulatory requirements
B. They are outdated
C. The homeowner has concerns about them
D. None of the above

Elevation techniques include:
A. Elevation on closed foundation systems
B. Elevation on open foundation systems
C. Elevation on fill
D. All of the above

Define base flood.
A. Flood having a 5 percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year
B. Flood having a 100 percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year
C. Flood having a 1 percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year
D. Flood having a 10 percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year

What considerations are included in the Preliminary Floodproofing/Retrofitting Preference Matrix?
A. Aesthetic, high cost, and neighbors’ concerns
B. Technological, risk, and code-required upgrade concerns
C. Community, high cost, and aesthetic concerns
D. Risk, off-site flooding, and aesthetic concerns

Which of the following factors may influence the selection of retrofitting techniques?
A. Economics
B. Homeowner’s preferences
C. Flood characteristics
D. Building condition
E. All of the above

 

Related Courses

FEMA IS 280: Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Structures, FEMA Publication 259, 3rd Edition

 

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