FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Hurricane Rita Sparks Need for Mitigation   [open pdf - 46KB]

"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." After Hurricane Rita the Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital in Orange, Texas was forced to evacuate and was left without power for two to three weeks. Hospital officials turned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a solution. The hospital was awarded a $933,750 grant through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to initiate mitigation measures. The hospital was fitted with a new elevated generator, and electrical roll down shutters. Implementing these mitigating measures helped the hospital stay open during hurricane Ike. 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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