FEMA IS-279.A Answers

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This course provides information on retrofitting existing flood-prone residential structures using methods such as elevation, relocation, flood walls, wet and dry floodproofing. It covers NFIP policies, regulations, building codes and standards that govern retrofitting projects.

The course is designed for engineers, architects, floodplain managers, building code officials, and other building officials with knowledge in building science and private sector professionals from engineering firms.

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

What considerations are included in the Preliminary Floodproofing / Retrofitting Preference Matrix?Risk, off-site flooding, and aesthetic concerns.
During the initial homeowner meeting, the designer ascertains the homeowner’s preferences, financial constraints, and any special needs.TRUE
The Preliminary Floodproofing / Retrofitting Preference Matrix does the following:All of the above.
The designer should consider the type of material, resistance to flood damage, and type of construction when choosing a type of retrofitting activity.TRUE
When water levels on the exterior of a building exceed water levels on the interior, hydrostatic loads become:Unbalanced
Which of the following factors may influence the selection of retrofitting techniques?All of the above
Define base flood.Flood having a 1 percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year.
FIRMs are based on a __ engineering study of meteorological, hydrologic, hydraulic, and historic data and subsequent FIS.detailed
Elevation techniques include:All of the above
Relocation may be cost-prohibitive.TRUE
A building’s finished floor elevation might influence potential retrofitting measures.TRUE
National model building codes are I-Codes, IBC, IRC, IEBC, and NFPA.TRUE
All HMA elevation, mitigation, reconstruction, and dry floodproofing projects must adhere to the maximum design standards of ASCE 24, Flood Resistant Design and Construction.TRUE
The NFIP is a voluntary program.TRUE
Requiring freeboard is one of the higher standards many States and communities can set in addition to those established by the NFIP.TRUE
Individual jurisdictions may adopt standards that are _ NFIP regulations.more restrictive than
Benefit-cost analysis is part one of the primary steps in the retrofitting process.TRUE
When elevation and relocation are not feasible or practical, equipment may be able to be protected by:Low floodwalls/shields
Communities that participate in NFIP typically have FIS and FIRMS.TRUE
On a riverine FIRM, the high-risk zone is:Zone A
Non-flood-related hazards need to be evaluated as part of the determination of hazards.TRUE
The key factors in determining hydrodynamic forces on a building are:All of the above
Wet floodproofing requires the use of flood-resistant materials.TRUE
Before assessing homeowner concerns on the Preliminary Floodproofing / Retrofitting Preference Matrix, why might some measures be automatically excluded from consideration?The homeowner has concerns about them
Special needs that should be discussed with the homeowner and may influence the selection of retrofitting techniques include:All of the above
The Geotechnical Considerations Decision Matrix can help identify situations in which _ conditions are not suitable for certain retrofitting options.soil
Proper design and anchoring of the foundation are included in the design of a home for seismic loads.TRUE
Localized erosion caused by the loss of soil or sediment around flow obstructions.Scour
Successful completion of a retrofitting project requires only one coordination meeting with a homeowner and designer.FALSE
To participate in the NFIP, communities must regulate development in floodplains in accordance with the NFIP and _ regulations.State


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

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