FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: County Action + Citizen Involvement = Savings   [open pdf - 42KB]

"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." [...] "Since the 19th century, Sarasota County residents have regularly faced flooding caused by tropical storms, hurricanes, and heavy rains. Though agriculture defined the County's early history, further development increased water runoff and created greater flood risks for people and property. By joining project planning with public participation, County officials decreased flooding, moderated development, and saved residents millions of dollars in flood insurance premiums. Desiree Companion, the County's Community Rating System (CRS) Coordinator and record keeper for at-risk structures said, 'Currently, one in ten Sarasota County structures has a one-percent chance of flooding this year.'" 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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