FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: HMGP Buy-Outs Benefit Two Pennsylvania Communities   [open pdf - 42KB]

"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." [...] "Flooding in 1996 mobilized the townships of Plains, and Hunlock, to participate in 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. Administered and funded by the Commonwealth and FEMA, and with the willing participation of homeowners, a buy-out project was undertaken in 1998. The cost of the Plains Township project was $906,823, and the cost of the Hunlock Township project $451,645. The structures located in the floodplain were bought and demolished, leaving empty open spaces in perpetuity. There are plans to turn one area into a recreational field and the other into a riverfront picnic area." 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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