Hurricane Damage

For Hurricane damage  assessment a quick and coordinated recovery is key. EMA has extensive experience of preparing  hurricane damage assessment reports.

We have experienced engineers to help after hurricanes. We are prepared to mobilize our engineers, certified inspectors, and technicians to aid in the recovery process. To assist in recovery, our structural & forensic engineers offers the following areas of expertise. Our engineers have inspected residential, commercial buildings, seaport and airport building damage for hundred of buildings after hurricane Andrew, Charlie, Wilma, Rita & Katrina.

Storm damage assessment

Structural damage assessment

Repair claims ( residential & commercial)

Wind & Wave investigation

Hurricane effects on buildings

Hurricane damage to construction projects

Forensic Engineering

Hurricane effects on Foundation collapse

Hurricane effects  on Roof collapse

EXTERIOR:
* Fence support broken at the ground or blown over
* Landscape damage, largest size broken limb, trunk to check against F scale
* Roof blown off or displaced (check wall-roof connection; sometimes it is not evident)
* Broken windows — will indicate wind forces entering the building
* Brick blown off walls or in place
* Chimney and roof vent condition. May cause carbon monoxide poisoning if used in damaged condition
* Above-ground utility services — connected or off

INTERIOR:
* Always look ahead and keep the exterior in sight
* Do not touch exposed electrical wires or lights
* Check wall-roof connections. Look for evidence of separation
* Check for diagonal fracture of wall surfaces, if rigid like gyp board
* Watch for spilled liquid in and near kitchens, bathrooms, and garages. Very dangerous!
* Look for loose structural items that might collapse. Always assume they will.
* Check stability of interior walls
* Check what happened to occupants if they were in the structure during the storm
* Check conditions of any basements, cellars, out buildings

OTHER TYPE STRUCTURES
All of the above, plus the following for the special structure:

Steel Frame or Load-Bearing Walls
* Bent frame
* Broken welds on beams and trusses and at connections
* Reverse-loaded steel beams and trusses
* Racking of the frame
* Wind bracing broken, bent
* Glass breakage
* In high-rise buildings, watch for frame twisting, offsets

 

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