FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: San Benito's 'Safe Box' Shuttered Against the Storm   [open pdf - 38KB]

"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." [...] "'We felt very, very safe. It seemed like we were in a safety deposit box.' That's how San Benito Mayor Joe Hernandez describes riding out Hurricane Dolly in his City Hall, Emergency Operations Center "" protected by storm shutters. Similar shutters protected the San Benito Public Library. The City Hall shutters were installed in 1997, and the library shutters installed in 2000. Total cost for both buildings was less than $20,000, of which 75 percent came from a special Federal hurricane protection grant." 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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