FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Community Supports Safe Room   [open pdf - 37KB]

"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." [...] "Before 2004, when weather threatened Oklahoma skies, students and staff of Maple School in Calumet were bused to nearby country homes with storm cellars. Immediately following the devastating May 3, 1999 tornado that touched down in nearby Moore, the community realized they needed a better plan. Town officials applied through the State Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to build a school safe room." 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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