ERIC Number: ED432897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Vulnerability Assessment of Selected Buildings Designated as Shelters: Dominica.
Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC.; Consulting Engineers Partnership Ltd.; Organization of American States, Washington, DC.
Educational facilities in the Caribbean often serve roles as shelters during natural hazards, but they often sustain as much damage as other buildings. This study investigated the physical vulnerability of schools located on Dominica to wind forces, torrential rain, and seismic forces in order to provide relevant local agencies with some of the input required for selection of properties for Caribbean Development Bank funding. Information tables list each school, its description and vulnerable areas, and its vulnerability ratings for wind, torrential rains, and seismic forces. Additional tables list each school followed by recommendations for improvements in order to upgrade the structure against natural hazards. Appendices provide commentary on the vulnerability of buildings to water ingress from torrential rain; and a summary of wind, rain, and seismic vulnerabilities of roof and wall envelopes. A sample of the survey instrument concludes the report. (Contains eight references.) (GR)
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Shelters, Foreign Countries, Natural Disasters, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Surveys
Web site: http://www.oas.org/en/cdmp/document/schools/vulnasst/dom.htm
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC.; Consulting Engineers Partnership Ltd.; Organization of American States, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Dominica