FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Multiple Mitigation Measures Give Darlington an Elevating Experience   [open pdf - 59KB]

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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." [...] "Flooding was deteriorating structures and drastically reducing property values all over the town of Darlington, Wisconsin. The losses continued to grow with every clean-up and repair. The buildup of mold and mildew in downtown structures was destroying Darlington's business infrastructure. The frequency of flooding in Darlington was approximately once every 20 to 21 years, but since 1950, floods began occurring more often. In the end, Darlington's Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan became the first in the State of Wisconsin to be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Among the mitigation plan's projects involved mitigating the city's utilities, constructing flood shields, elevating buildings, and relocating buildings." 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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