FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Desoto Memorial Hospital Recovers from Hurricane Charley   [open pdf - 34KB]

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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." [...] "Since its construction in 1968, Desoto Memorial Hospital has provided uninterrupted medical care for the surrounding community "" even during the 2004 onslaught of Hurricane Charley. When Charley hit, Desoto County received extensive damage. The hospital was in no way spared. Part of the roof peeled back, exposing patients and critical equipment to wind driven rain. More than 35 windows shattered from the force of the high winds and the well manicured grounds were strewn with debris. With the benefit of active congressional support, the USDA provided a $20-million loan "" the largest such award ever made by the agency. Hurricane Charley caused an estimated $2.3-million in damages to the hospital. The size of the loan permitted not just restoration, but also building expansion and enhancements, with mitigation to strengthen and protect against future storms." 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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