FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Making Worship Center Stronger   [open pdf - 28KB]

Alternate Title: Making Worship Center Stronger Providing Haven in Time of Disaster

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. From the document: "A church pastor and his congregation are thankful for hurricane resistant features of the Worship Center at the First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda. Eight church staff members hunkered down safely in the worship center while Hurricane Charley, packing winds strong enough to rip the steeple off the church roof, swept through the quiet city, leaving widespread destruction behind. The church, established in 1887, built the new sanctuary in 2001 utilizing the new building codes and other storm-resistant methods and materials." 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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