FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: South Padre Island: Living with Mother Nature's Wrath   [open pdf - 52KB]

"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 buildings of South Padre Island, Texas have withstood damage from natural disasters due to numerous mitigation measures. The city hall building had been fitted with impact resistant windows, an onsite generator, and has been elevated two feet above the code requirement. Both the Post Office and AT&T building were elevated and fortified. Other homes on the island were built on foundations with pilings and utilized building techniques that tie individual components of the house together to prevent it from blowing away in the wind. City officials are certain that "smart building and hazard mitigation has made a significant difference on South Padre Island." 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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