FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Storm Shutters Create Feeling of Security   [open pdf - 44KB]

"The 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." [...] "Delores Sambuchino's 1,750 square-foot home, purchased in 1994, has several windows and doors. Although they let sunshine and fresh air into the home, they can also be hazardous during inclement weather. When Hurricane Katrina's 115 mile-per-hour winds pounded her home, her protective window shutters did exactly what they were supposed to do "" protect windows and doors from damage that could let water, wind, and debris into the house. 'I truly believe they saved my house,' she said. However, the windows on her sun porch were shattered. They were not protected by hurricane shutters, and broken glass was everywhere." 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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