FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Mitigation Helps Senior Center Survive Katrina   [open pdf - 37KB]

"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." [...] "Storms shutters and other mitigation measures helped the Hancock County, Mississippi Senior Center survive Hurricane Katrina (2005) and serve as a safe haven for the members of the community for 88 days after the storm. The Center, located only two blocks from the Gulf of Mexico, was retrofitted with storm shutters in 1999 after an assessment determined that high winds could blow out its glass windows and doors. The project was partially funded by FEMA's 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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