FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Doing Something About the Floods   [open pdf - 39KB]

"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 town of Clinton, Illinois experiences repeated flooding. It was the 1997 flood event that persuaded Clinton to consider buyouts as a means of mitigation. The total cost of the project was approximately $2.1 million. Clinton received a grant of $1.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to defray 75 percent of the cost. HMGP pays the 75 percent on approved projects that will prevent or reduce damage from storms and other natural hazards. These grants are made available for both public and private projects. The town also received a match of 25 percent through a State grant offered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. These two opportunities made the City of Clinton a better place for all the residences in the floodprone 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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