FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Fully Mitigated University is Prepared for Disasters   [open pdf - 40KB]

"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 Canyon Fire came roaring through Malibu Canyon in October 2007, Pepperdine University's Malibu campus was ready. The university has developed detailed procedures for dealing with emergency incidents and has its own Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for use during emergencies. Fire agencies consider the campus to be so safe that they set up an EOC for firefighting operations in one of the campus buildings. Because of advanced planning, mitigation of structures, and wide expanses of defensible space, effects of the fire in October 2007 were greatly reduced." 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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