FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Three Island Homes Pass Hurricane Dolly's Test   [open pdf - 45KB]

"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." [...] "Hurricane Dolly came ashore on Padre Island July 23rd in 2008 as a Category 2 hurricane. It was a tough test for the three housing units built by the building inspector on this island at the bottom of the Texas Gulf Coast. Walking through these houses after the storm, the building inspector was relieved to find mostly cosmetic damage. Structurally, the houses held together well, and most of the wind and rain stayed where he wanted it "" outside. Across the street another house, without some of the hazard-mitigation practices in place, suffered heavy damage." 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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