FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Moving People Out of Harm's Way   [open pdf - 53KB]

"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." [...] "Low-lying land in Kenosha County, Wisconsin causes this region to be plagued by frequent, dangerous floods that threaten the safety of the residents and cause severe damage to homes. In 1994, Kenosha County officials initiated a plan to help people move out of the flood-prone area. By the time the 2008 floods hit, 72 property owners had already participated in the Fox River Flood Mitigation Program, sold their homes for the estimated fair market value, and moved to safer quarters." 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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