FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Built to Protect Against Floods, Windstorms, and Earthquakes   [open pdf - 42KB]

Alternate Title: Built to Protect Against Floods, Windstorms and Earthquakes

"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." [...] "In 2000, Randy Stemper, life-long resident of Astoria, Oregon and owner of Astoria Builders Supply Co., decided to design a new building for his business. The original owner built the first business structure in 1942, and since then the building had been damaged by flood and windstorms and had been repaired several times. Randy began doing research to see what could be done to reduce or eliminate damages to his business. Stemper hired engineers to design a building that would protect his investment from damages and his employees from injuries resulting from floods, windstorms, and earthquakes. The storm drainage system was re-engineered, and the entire structure incorporates the best features of continuous load-bearing construction." 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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