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IBHS: Online Videos Of Natural Disasters & Weather
Institute for Business & Home Safety offers free online videos covering many different types of natural disasters and extreme weather.

US FEMA: Home Builder Guides To Coastal Construction
US Federal Emergency Management Agency offers 31 fact sheets to provide technical guidance and recommendations concerning the construction of coastal residential buildings. The fact sheets present information aimed at improving the performance of buildings subject to flood and wind forces in coastal environments.
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APA: Building For High Wind Resistance In Light-Frame Wood Construction
Engineered Wood Association pamphlet Building For High Wind Resistance In Light-Frame Wood Construction provides simple tips that can boost the windstorm performance of structures, particularly in moderate storm conditions. It shows shows how to get the best out of studs, plywood, nails, and basic steel connectors. Free site registration required.

APA: Design For Combined Shear & Uplift From Wind
Engineered Wood Association bulletin Design for Combined Shear and Uplift from Wind introduces a straightforward solution for builders to meet building code requirements for structural wall systems in high wind areas. The APA system for combined shear and wind uplift is a prescribed three-step design process that builders can follow with minimal added engineering. Free site registration required. (PDF)

APA: Seismic & Wind Design Considerations For Wood Framed Structures
Engineered Wood Association online previously recorded webinar Seismic & Wind Design Considerations for Wood Framed Structures covers load path continuity, building code updates, and shear wall design alternatives.

Building Science: Flood & Hurricane Resistant Buildings
Building Science digest describes considerations and options for how to build flood and hurricane resistant buildings.

CMHC: Wind Rain Relationships In Southwestern BC
CMHC study examines the relationship between wind and rain for all seasons of the year, giving wind and rainfall data from 12 meteorological stations on Vancouver Island and in the B.C. Lower Mainland. (PDF)

NIST: Assessment Of Methods For Determining Wind Loads
National Institute of Standards and Technology report Assessment Of Methods For Determining Wind Loads covers wind speeds in non-hurricane regions; alternative analytical methods for determining wind loads on Main Wind Force Resisting Systems and Compo-nents/Cladding; aerodynamic pressure coefficients; pressures on rooftop equipment; component and cladding pressures on arched roofs; and the wind tunnel procedure. (PDF)

Rethink Wood: Wind-Resistive Design Of Wood Buildings
Rethink Wood describes features and considerations for choosing wood for wind-resistive construction. (PDF)

US FEMA: Home Builder's Guide To Coastal Construction
US Federal Emergency Management Agency online Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction fact sheets provide technical guidance and recommendations concerning the construction of coastal residential buildings with improved performance in floods and wind forces.

US FPL: Role Of Diaphragms In the Mitigation Of Natural Hazards In Low-Rise Wood Frame Buildings
US Forest Products Library describes how diaphragms are components of low-rise wood frame buildings that resist lateral forces due to wind and earthquakes. (PDF)

Woodworks: Wind Resistant Design Considerations For Wood-Frame Structures
Woodworks online slide show presentation Wind Resistant Design Considerations for Wood-Frame Structures provides an overview of lateral design for wood-frame structures with a focus on wind resistant detailing. It includes lessons learned from natural disasters, load path continuity, and updates to the International Building Code affecting structural design. (PDF)
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