FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Providing Shelter from the Storm   [open pdf - 38KB]

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. "The 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." This Best Practice story is about a tornado shelter program in Juneau County, Wisconsin. "From August 1863 to August 2005, the National Weather Service recorded 33 tornadoes in Juneau County, Wisconsin. Concerned for the safety of the residents, the County's Emergency Management Director Gervase Thompson initiated a project that was the first of its kind in the State of Wisconsin. In November 2004, the County was awarded a $123,225 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to defray the cost of 31 tornado shelters to be placed on homeowners' properties throughout the County." 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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