FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Keeping the Lights on in Rural Minnesota   [open pdf - 38KB]

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. From the document: "Minnesota is known for its inclement weather. But even longtime residents were taken aback by the ferocity of such an early winter storm when it began Halloween night of 1991. The loss of power to farmers and rural residents can be disastrous in regards to both economics and safety. Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (SWCE) provides electrical power to over 7800 rural customers with 1920 miles of line, covering an area of 900 square miles in nine surrounding counties in Southeast and South-central Minnesota. The Minnesota Division of Emergency Management (DEM) coordinated FEMA mitigation funding for the SWCE utility projects. The mitigation projects met one of the core values of the DEM: to create a sustainable community that is resistant to the human and economic cost of disasters. FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is a cost share program activated by federally declared disasters." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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