FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Hail, Hail, the Roof's Still Here   [open pdf - 27KB]

Alternate Title: Hail, Hail, the Roof's Still Here

"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." [...] "The National Weather Service reports an average of four hail storms each year in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Before the 1990s, homeowners anticipated roof replacements well before their 25-year warranties expired. That changed when manufacturers began offering an extended life, pliable roof system of impact-resistant shingles. Ponca City homeowners Jerry and Bonnie Runyan took a chance and installed the new system, inspecting their roof for damage after each hail storm to find none. After nine years, the shingles still look new." 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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