FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Texas Water Development Board Helps Guadalupe County Safeguard Severe Repetitive Loss Properties   [open pdf - 139KB]

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 flood mitigation efforts in Guadalupe County, Texas. "The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program assists states and communities. It provides federal funds for cost-effective measures to reduce or eliminate long-term risk from flood damage to Repetitive Loss (RL) and Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Guadalupe County, with assistance from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), has tapped into the FMA program to come to the rescue of homeowners of these identified properties. […] To participate in the project, homeowners were asked to provide a copy of their elevation certificate, the declaration page of their flood insurance policy, a flood loss history from their insurance agent, photos of all four sides of the home and information regarding the type of foundation."

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