FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Storm-Resistant Measures Saved One Family from a $100,000 Day [open pdf - 44KB]
"Ken Murphy, a resident of the Borough of Little Silver, New Jersey, did not expect his neighborhood to flood, but it did. Hurricane Sandy, downgraded to a tropical cyclone, left an enormous footprint of turmoil in its tracks along much of New Jersey's coast in late October 2012. Instead of being sprinkled with seasonal and holiday décor, lawns in Little Silver were filled with uprooted trees and piles of debris that contained ruined family heirlooms-but not for Murphy. By adding two courses of block to his home during construction, he and his wife escaped Sandy's wrath with minor damage. 'That made a difference,' Murphy said as he thought about how his home was built 30 years ago. 'I didn't get any water in my first floor.' For many nearby property owners, the surge saturated everything up to their first floor ceilings."
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