FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Lessons Learned from Katrina: A Retail Store Takes Action   [open pdf - 96KB]

Alternate Title: Lessons Learned from Katrina: Retail Store Takes Action

"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." [...] "When Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, businesses were damaged or destroyed, houses were reduced to debris and concrete slabs, and communities were left stunned. One business hit hard was Hudson's Salvage Stores. Ironically, Hudson's sells merchandise from other companies that have been damaged by some sort of disaster. Mr. Hudson has also partnered with FEMA to distribute preparedness publications to customers and employees at 19 stores in south Mississippi, and to host outreach teams at selected stores in the state. 'This year, instead of hoping the storm doesn't hit, I am going to expect the storm to hit. The number one answer is education and it's important to have a strategic plan in place for the company,' asserted Mr. Hudson." 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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