FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: One Little Room Provides a Big Sense of Security   [open pdf - 37KB]

"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 Hoyt family of Harrison County, Iowa experienced a tornado in 1975. They hired a contractor to design and install a safe room at grade level to their new home. Over the years, at least three major tornado events have occurred within a short distance of the Hoyts. While they have been fortunate that their home and family were not affected, the sense of security and peace they gain from having the safe room in their home has had a major impact on them." 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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