FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: 3 Years Long, 3 Years Strong: New Jersey's Successful Approach to Purchasing Homes along Sandy's Flooded Path   [open pdf - 320KB]

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 storm mitigation efforts in New Jersey. "On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy pushed ashore New Jersey coastline: damaging or destroying 346,000 homes, cutting power to more than 2 million households, taking the lives of 37 people, and flooding a large portion of the state. As part of the recovery process, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decided the State would purchase 1,300 properties in flood-prone communities, through its Blue Acres acquisition program, to dramatically reduce the risk of future catastrophic flood damage and to move families out of harm's way. The Blue Acres program has been able to complete, in just a few weeks for some homes, the acquisition (buyout) process which normally takes many communities months or even years to complete."

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