FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Nobles Cooperative Electric: Power up in Nobles County   [open pdf - 37KB]

Alternate Title: Power Up in Nobles County Underground Lines Save Money

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: "In the span of two weeks, Nobles Cooperative Electric (NCE) experienced two of the worst ice storms ever to hit a Minnesota electric cooperative. In November 1996, line workers saw ice as thick as three inches in diameter coating the coop's power lines. More than 1,800 poles were broken during the storms. The estimated outage time per consumer on average was 118 hours. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds gave NCE the opportunity to mitigate against continuing power outages occurring in the Buffalo Ridge area. The co-op implemented a $741,295 hazard mitigation project, converting 36.4 miles to underground line." 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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