FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Power of Collaboration   [open pdf - 40KB]

Alternate Title: Power of Collaboration in Kirkland, IL

"The 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." [...] "A 1996 storm ultimately destroyed the Congress Lake Estates Trailer Park in Illinois and left masses of debris in its wake. But despite this damage, the flood did not destroy the small, tight-knit community of Kirkland. Local volunteers worked hard for several days clearing debris, cleaning infrastructure, cooking for volunteers and those in need, and finding housing solutions for displaced residents." 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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