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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Mitigation Education and Outreach North Carolina State Fair   [open pdf - 95KB]

Alternate Title: Mitigation Education and Outreach North Carolina State Fair

"A problem with mitigating natural disasters is knowing what threats are most likely and what can be done to protect against them. Another problem is thinking, 'Disasters only happen to other people. It won't happen to me.' Throughout the 1990s, US taxpayers spent $25 billion fighting disasters. Insurance companies spent $106 billion over and above that in 1990s catastrophes, plus another $6.6 billion were paid through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), private companies uncounted billions above that figure, and private individuals even more beyond that. After Hurricane Isabel went through North Carolina, mitigation specialists reached out to the public with information on making their homes and businesses safer. They found many people hungry for information. Specialists set up information booths and passed out literature at the North Carolina State Fair, and at Lowe's Home Improvement Centers in the communities of Washington and Elizabeth City." 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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