FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Residential Buyout Program Eliminated Repetitive Flood Loss   [open pdf - 40KB]

"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." [...] "While the potential for flooding is always a fact of life in Arnold, Missouri the 1993 flood was the most significant and devastating flood in the city's history. 528 of Arnold households applied for Federal disaster assistance. Between the disaster housing assistance program, individual and family grants, and low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA), the recovery costs totaled more than $2 million. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) paid another $2.3 million to the households in the buyout program. In all, 72 properties were acquired by the city following the 1993 event and returned to green space and/or minimal maintenance recreation areas." 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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