FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Austin Pre-Disaster Mitigation Saves Homes   [open pdf - 28KB]

"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." [...] "When the City of Austin, located in southern Minnesota, implemented their most recent mitigation project, no one expected to reap the benefits so soon. In 2007, the city acquired and removed 15 flood-prone homes in the Wildwood Park area, which had flooded six times between 1978 and 2004. The acquisitions couldn't have come sooner. In June of 2008, the Wildwood Park area was flooded again and every acquired, but now vacant, parcel was once again flooded." 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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