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FEMA Guidelines on Snowload

New England has been struck by a number of major snowstorms in the past few years that have resulted in building failures and other catastrophic events. As a result, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has prepared a set guidelines for the benefit of property owners, building/facility managers, homeowners, emergency managers and others to use in the event of a snow emergency. The agency prepared a document (see link below) that discusses mitigating damage to roof systems from excessive snow weight. Snow calls are going through the roof as is referenced in this Boston Herald article.

FEMA Snowload Guidelines