FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Community Partners Aid Citizens Using the Buyout Program   [open pdf - 27KB]

"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." [...] "After decades of repeated flooding, Cape Girardeau, Missouri made a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Missouri Department of Economic Development (MDED), the Salvation Army Midland, and the Interfaith Ministries. Together, these organizations combined resources and addressed each family's needs, making it possible for them to participate in a flood buyout program." 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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