FEMA IS-280 Answers

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This course overviews the revised FEMA P-259 publication on retrofitting flood-prone residential structures. Its objective is to familiarize professionals such as engineers, architects, floodplain managers, building code officials, and others with the revised publication. The primary audience for this course includes those with building science knowledge.

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

Slab-on-grade foundations are the most difficult foundation type to elevate.TRUE
Which of the following items concerning community regulations and permitting must designers and contractors take into consideration?All of the above
According to the NFIP, in Zone A, the top of the lowest floor must be at or above the Base Flood Elevation, or BFE.TRUE
For elevation, relocation, and dry/wet floodproofing measures, documentation of the condition of the existing structure and building systems is important.TRUE
Which of the following types of flood-related hazards apply to all sites?All of the above
Interior drainage is a consideration when constructing a levee or floodwall.TRUE
A structure’s ability to withstand additional loads created as a result of retrofitting is an important design consideration.TRUE
If the retrofit measure requires that the building be brought to current code, new systems/utilities may be required.TRUE
Which of the following is not a common reason for making the decision to retrofit?Aesthetic concerns
Which of the following is a retrofitting measure for flood hazards?All of the Above
Buildings must have sufficient strength to resist applied loads from both positive and negative pressures if they will be subject to wind forces.TRUE
The NFIP was created to:All of the above
Which of the following is not part of the process for analyzing an existing structure for retrofitting, according to the steps outlined in this presentation?Determining the costs of proposed retrofitting measures
Land subsidence occurs over more than __ square miles in States each year.17,000, 45
Preventive flooding measures to historic sites can be carried out without harming the historic character if a general construction contractor supervises the work.FALSE
For the most part, _ and governments are responsible for regulating building and development within floodplains.B. Federal, State
Determining the hazards that could affect a property is one of the steps in the retrofitting process.TRUE
When retrofitting a historic site, some flood retrofit measures could negatively impact the historic character of the building. Which of the following should designers consider in choosing the most appropriate retrofitting strategy?Both A and C
Debris impact is not a parameter that designers and contractors should consider when retrofitting a building.FALSE
The NFIP provides federally-backed flood insurance to property owners and renters regardless of their location.FALSE
Flood frequency is the characteristic that describes the probability that a flood of a specific magnitude will be equaled or exceeded in any given year.TRUE
Which of the following are standards that communities may adopt that are higher than those required by the NFIP?All of the above
Contractors and designers should consider the following when consulting with homeowners:All of the above
Building performance requirements for the NFIP are found in Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).TRUE
The 2012, 2009, 2006, and 2003 versions of the I-Codes are consistent with the NFIP.TRUE
During the design process, it is important to conduct both surface and subsurface investigations.TRUE
The flood elevations at the site of a retrofit project must be considered only in coastal flood hazard areas.FALSE
Which of the following is an advantage to elevation?Often reduces flood insurance premiums
One component of the retrofitting process is conducting a benefit-cost analysis.TRUE
Wet floodproofing allows floodwater to enter in such a way that damage to the structure and its contents is minimized.TRUE
As of January 2012, _ of flood-prone communities have adopted codes that meet or exceed the NFIP.47 percent
Three types of site-specific flood-related hazards that should be considered include closed basin lakes, alluvial fan areas, and movable bed streams.TRUE
The Preliminary Floodproofing/Retrofitting Preference Matrix helps designers and contractors ensure the homeowner signs off on all elements of the project.TRUE
Which of the following is not a consideration when retrofitting for flood events?Consultation with professionals for design and construction
Which of the following is not a geotechnical consideration to review during site inspections?High watermarks
When evaluating sites for possible relocation, which of the following are considerations for a new site?All of the above
What are the three types of site surveys generally included in a field investigation?Structure, topographic, site utilities
Once flood retrofitting is complete, flood insurance is no longer needed.FALSE
A movable bed stream is defined as a stream for which erosion, sedimentation, or channel migration cause changes in the stream sufficient to change the flood elevation of the floodplain.FALSE


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

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