FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Safe Rooms Add Life to Neighborhoods   [open pdf - 36KB]

"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." [...] "Residents of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area wonder each year what May weather will bring. In May 1999, multiple tornadoes left 44 dead and more than 8,000 buildings damaged or destroyed. Four years later another May tornado, closely following the 1999 path, imposed far less damage. All because residents as well as City and State officials embraced mitigation measures leading to safe rooms being built in neighborhood schools across the City. Following the May 1999 outbreak, the State looked to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to provide money for building safe rooms." 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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