FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Arkansans Get Ideas on Combating High Winds   [open pdf - 41KB]

"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." [...] "Only six months into the year 2008, the State of Arkansas has had three disaster declarations warranting Federal assistance. In response to the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding disasters experienced by the State of Arkansas, FEMA Region VI took along an exhibit during its Hardware Tours to demonstrate an aspect of construction critical to the safety and welfare of citizens: using connectors. In regions of the country prone to high wind events, building codes such as the International Residential Code (IRC) require structures to be capable of transferring the wind's forces through the framework of the building to the foundation. Locally, FEMA Region VI's Hazard Mitigation Community Education and Outreach (CEO) group provided critical information on safe building practices, including demonstrations on building safer structures using connectors. Connectors are steel components designed to connect and strengthen joints within the frame of a home." 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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