FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Hurricane House Passes the Test   [open pdf - 37KB]

Alternate Title: Hurricane House Passes the Test Withstood Hurricane Frances

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: "Hurricane Frances struck Florida's east coast September 5, 2004, with winds up to 115 mph. Many homes in the Fort Pierce area sustained moderate to severe damage, but the 'Hurricane House' training center was hardly scratched. The Fort Pierce 'Hurricane House' is officially known as the St. Lucie Windstorm Education Center. The 3,000 square foot facility is one of four Regional Windstorm Damage Mitigation Centers established by Florida's Department of Community Affairs and Department of Insurance as part of a $2.3 million Residential Construction Mitigation Program launched in 1997. The demonstration and training facility had been built to meet or exceed building codes enacted 2 years ago. As a result, only a segment of fascia was bent by windborne debris." 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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