FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Gathering on Shipman Drive   [open pdf - 39KB]

Alternate Title: The Gathering on Shipman Drive

"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." [...] "It took years to build the homes on Shipman Drive in Stone County, Arkansas and only a matter of seconds to destroy them. Shipman Drive, located in Mountain View, Arkansas, had a total of nine residential properties until February 5, 2008, when a tornado claimed all nine homes. Among the residents were Donnie and Linda Fletcher. Although their home was destroyed, their lives were spared because they, along with members from three other households, took shelter in a storm cellar that had been built just 3 weeks before the tornado struck." 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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