FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Buyouts Bring Relief to a Pennsylvania Community   [open pdf - 35KB]

"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." [...] "Severe flooding in September 1999 devastated the community of Lower Moreland Township, Pennsylvania, leaving residents displaced for two years while repairs were made. Township officials decided that residents could not continue to live in the floodplain. They contacted the Commonwealth and completed an application to participate in FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). They selected a buyout solution which is a voluntary partnership between willing homeowners and local communities with the goal of permanently removing people and structures from the floodplain." 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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