FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Taking Shelter: Fire Fighter Protects Family by Building Safe Room   [open pdf - 37KB]

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: "County fire fighter, Robert Van Valkenburg has decided that it is up to him to keep himself and his family safe from storms. He decided to look into building a tornado safe room for his home after his parents' home was destroyed by a tornado spawned by Hurricane Andrew. Van Valkenburg started the process of building his safe room in 2001. He called his local emergency manager and enrolled in the Alabama safe room program sponsored by The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. Actual construction of the safe room took place over eight months in 2002. FEMA paid 75% of the cost to build it or $3500 through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)." 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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