FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Elevation is Cause for Elation When Damage is Avoided   [open pdf - 34KB]

"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." [...] "Resident of Owen County, Indiana, Robin Lane was eligible for up to $30,000 of Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) insurance coverage through her policy with FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). She elevated her house at least two feet above the base flood elevation (BFE). Though some of her neighbors have refer to her residence as 'the birdhouse' (because it's so high in the air), Robin has the satisfaction of having avoided another flood disaster because her home is well above the water mark." 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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