FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Thrice Hit - Learning from Others Experience   [open pdf - 40KB]

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency 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." [...] "When Hurricane Wilma crossed Glades County on Oct. 24, 2005, tropical winds met with cold air masses and intensified the storm. The unusual weather phenomenon caused Wilma to batter the county with winds in excess of 100 mph for a continuous 42 minutes""without the normal calm that occurs when the eye passes. Fortunately for Glades County families, school district leaders had already implemented damage-reduction measures they learned from nearby schools and county neighbors. Their preemptive actions ultimately allowed students to return to class in one week, even though the roofs of 17 school district buildings sustained damage during the hurricane." 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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