FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Model Houses Demonstrate Strong Building Techniques   [open pdf - 38KB]

"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." [...] "In their efforts to help in the recovery process from Hurricane Katrina, the Community Education Outreach (CEO) Group of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designed two scale model houses using the 2003 International Building Codes with input from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). The FEMA model houses demonstrate construction techniques that will help buildings withstand Category 3 hurricanes or other severe weather events." 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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