FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Gulf View Home Survives Katrinas Wrath   [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." [...] "Susan Lee is fortunate to be the owner of the only home in her coastal neighborhood that remained intact and standing after Hurricane Katrina's devastation on August 29, 2005. The supporting walls of Ms. Lee's house were constructed with reinforced concrete block and reinforced concrete bond beams. The bond beams connect to the roof with hurricane straps. The house survived Katrina's 19-foot storm surge and 100 mile-per hour winds, Break--away windows and outflow vents were built into the area beneath the elevated lowest floor of the house, which is used primarily for storage and parking. These mitigation techniques allowed the flood waters to freely enter and exit the foundation area, reducing the pressure of the surge and preventing the supporting walls of the home from collapsing." 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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