FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Brenton, Wyoming County Pre-Disaster Mitigation   [open pdf - 38KB]

"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." [...] "The families in Vance's Trailer Park in southern West Virginia mobile homes had repeatedly been flooded, year after year, including 2001 when the most severe storm in the County's history swamped the trailer park. The solution was a Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) voluntary acquisition project. This PDM project paid off. During the May 2009 flood, the Guyandotte River rushed over its banks and covered the property with 3 feet of muddy water. This time no homes were damaged and no families were forced to leave." 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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