FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Mitigation Measures Keep Hospital Afloat During Storm   [open pdf - 32KB]

"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." [...] "In September 2005, Hurricane Rita hit the Texas-Louisiana coast as a Category 3 storm, leaving behind catastrophic damage. Damage to Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital-Beaumont alone reached an astounding $58 million. The hospital received a $2.6 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to invest in mitigation measures. HMGP assists states and local communities in implementing long-term mitigation measures following a major disaster declaration. It provides up to 75 percent of a project's total cost and can be used to fund projects to protect either public or private property. All that work paid off. By the time Hurricane Ike drilled in with 100-mph winds on September 13, 2008, the 400,000-square-foot facility was prepared to weather it. In fact, the hospital remained virtually unscathed." 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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