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On October 22, 2015, the Long Island Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers welcomed Brett Belair for its October Technical Seminar. Mr. Belair discussed flood resistant construction techniques to satisfy the requirements of flood insurance, the only natural disaster insurance provided by the federal government.

Flood insurance specifies that a community located in a coastal area is constructed to stringent guidelines with a surge proof, pile based foundation and strong shear connections to the main living structure. Brett's presentation provided case studies of the many connection failures that occurred during Hurricane Sandy and demonstrated that adequate connection capacity is essential during extreme weather events.