FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Couple Fully Braced for Tornado   [open pdf - 39KB]

Alternate Title: Couple Fully Braced for Tornado -

"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." [...] "Nestled fast asleep in their beds, a Florida senior-citizen couple was abruptly awakened before dawn on February 2, 2007, by a NOAA weather radio alert. The alert was followed by a call from their son warning that a tornado had touched down at nearby Lady Lake. There was minimal damage to the couple's house due to mitigation measures that had been previously taken. The couple and their friends constructed the home with a continuous load path that connected plywood and 1' board walls, roofing, and the foundation with hurricane ties and straps. When the tornado hit, the anchoring system effectively held, shutting out the roaring winds with no structural compromise to the house." 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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