FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Let a Tree Fall, We'll Have Power to Hear It: Lake County Converts Power Lines   [open pdf - 42KB]

Alternate Title: Let a Tree Fall, We'll Have Power to Hear It: Lake County Converts Power Lines

"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." [...] "On July 4, 1999, a strong thunderstorm caused severe tree blowdown and power outages in the Lake County, Minnesota Cooperative Light and Power Association (CLP) service area. The subsequent disaster declaration allowed CLP to conduct its first mitigation project. CLP received $53,438 in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding, administered by the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (MN HSEM). Two years later, CLP received a second grant for $44,667 to extend its first project area. By 2004, CLP had converted over six miles of their overhead power lines to underground cables. The change has proven to be the perfect weapon to fight the falling trees from damaging wind and ice storms." 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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