FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Pleasant Grove Church Offers Hope Through Education   [open pdf - 36KB]

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 the "survival school," a program hosted by a church in Alabama which provides disaster education and preparedness information. "The EF-4 tornado that swept through a residential area in April 2011 shattered this suburban town. Residents were confused and disoriented as they searched for their homes. Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church became a beacon of hope. The church organized an outreach called 'Survivor School' for area families affected by the tornado. [...] 'Survivor School' gives participants an opportunity to openly discuss their feelings as well as their needs. Once a week, the church has hosted sessions on steps to take in the recovery process, including dealing with grief, applying for disaster assistance, securing real estate, financial planning, and preparing for future 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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