FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Elevation Grants Make Multiple Homes Safer   [open pdf - 41KB]

Alternate Title: Elevation Grants Make Multiple Homes Safer

"As Hurricane Sandy barreled towards the Northeast coast during the last week of October 2012, Carl Laibach and his family watched with a growing sense of dread. From all reports, Sandy seemed likely to imitate the famed 'Perfect Storm' of 1991, which caused destruction and havoc from North Carolina to Maine, and ultimately left more than an estimated $200 million in damage in its wake as well as 13 fatalities. As Sandy bore down on the Long Island coast, the Laibachs were concerned the results would be similar to the 1991 storm. They would have one advantage, though: their house was elevated several feet above its original height."

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