FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Enabling Residents to Hear and Heed Severe Weather Warnings   [open pdf - 33KB]

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. "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." This Best Practice story is about the use of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) All Hazards Weather Radios for disaster preparedness. "Portage County, Wisconsin has a population with 11.9 percent of the population 65 years old or older, there was concern that some residents might not be able to hear the County's warning system regarding impending severe weather. To remedy the problem, the County applied to Wisconsin Emergency Management for a grant under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to purchase 150 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) All Hazards Weather Radios. The project was initiated following a 2002 presidential declaration for a windstorm event and the total project cost was $6,951.50. The HMGP grant totalled $5,200." 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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