FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Liberating Independence   [open pdf - 41KB]

"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." [...] "In 1993, the city of Independence acquired funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to start their flood-prone property acquisition initiative. As the acquisitions progressed, Independence took additional steps to protect its citizens from future flooding. On June 7, 1999, the city established a new building code that exceeded the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) requirement. After enduring three disastrous floods in the 1990s, city officials realized the optimal way to protect homes along the river was to raise elevation requirements on new construction to three feet above BFE. Since then, the river has flooded several times, proving the additional elevation mitigated further flood 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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