FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Devastation to Sustainability   [open pdf - 42KB]

Alternate Title: Devastation to Sustainability: Flooded Property Returned to Open Space

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long term solution to reducing that risk." [...] "Severe flooding in Lockwood, Nevada caused the river to overflow its banks into the Truckee River Mobile Home Park on December 31, 1996. The President subsequently declared a Federal disaster on January 3, 1997. The same weather pattern occurred December 31, 2005. However, this time the Washoe County government, residents of the mobile home park, and several neighboring properties were prepared. The community had participated in a $3.6 million project that successfully mitigated the repetitive damage caused by the river's flooding." 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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