FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Storm Proves Surfside Beach Buyouts Were Good Investments   [open pdf - 48KB]

"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." [...] "To protect its property against floods, Rice University has invested over $2 million in flood mitigation measures with astounding success. When Hurricane Ike slammed into Texas in September 2008, the university experienced rising water from the deluge of rainfall that accompanied Ike, but did not flood. The university received a $2,059,747 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to fund 11 projects. HMGP pays up to 75 percent on approved projects that will prevent or reduce damage from storms and other natural hazards. These grants are made available for both public and private projects. With Rice University's 25 percent portion, the total funding was $2,746,328." 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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