FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Snohomish County Chatham Acres Acquisition   [open pdf - 49KB]

"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." [...] "A flood in December 1999 caused major damage to Chatham Acres, a small community located on the North Fork Stillaguamish River. In June 2002, an application was filed for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) requesting funding for the purchase and demolition of the Chatham Acres homes. The proposed removal of the residences and restoration of the area to its natural state offered life sustaining, ecological, and financial benefits." 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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