FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: View from the Top: An Elevation Story   [open pdf - 40KB]

"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." [...] "A Biloxi, Mississippi couple has shown that home elevation not only prevents property loss, but can be pleasing to the eye as well. As they considered rebuilding, the Stecklers were advised by Harrison County officials that they would have to elevate their home in order to qualify for flood insurance. Then they were notified by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) that they qualified for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Following a major disaster declaration, the HMGP funds up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of a project that will reduce or eliminate damages from future natural hazard events. The Stecklers received $50,000 in HMGP funds and paid the balance of the cost to elevate their home themselves." 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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