FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Warren County C.O.W.S. and C.A.L.V.E.S Program   [open pdf - 29KB]

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. This Best Practice Story describes that, "The 85,000 residents of Warren County, Kentucky, face a variety of natural hazards, such as tornadoes and other severe weather, chemical spills, flash flooding, landslides, earthquakes, and forest fires. A warning system alerts residents of impending danger, enabling them to take the necessary precautions to protect their lives and property. In 1974, 31 residents of the small city of Brandenburg were killed by tornadoes. In July 1997, Warren County was awarded a grant through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to install twelve Community Outdoor Warning Sirens, or C.O.W.S. In June 1999, the County received HMGP funds to install 250 indoor Community Activated Lifesaving Voice Emergency Systems, or C.A.L.V.E.S." 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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