FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Firehouse No. 1 Sets a New Standard in Charlotte County   [open pdf - 36KB]

"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." [...] "On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley intensified, veered from its predicted course, and smashed into Charlotte County at the mouth of the Peace River. This unanticipated change left residents and emergency response personnel with an approximately one-hour warning to prepare for wind speeds that Florida had not experienced since Hurricane Andrew over a decade earlier. Reflecting on the $17.8 million in damages to the County's public facilities and lost equipment, Chief Didio vowed, 'We won't let this much devastation happen to us again.' The Board of County Commissioners agreed with the Chief's resolve to rebuild stronger. Encouraged by its team of designers, facility and project managers, and consultants, the Board voted to exceed the 130 mph codes required in Charlotte County when rebuilding all critical facilities." 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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