FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Preserving and Protecting a Community Treasure - the Historic Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Texas [open pdf - 594KB]
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 Galveston, Texas. "The first floor of the historic Rosenberg Library located in Galveston, Texas, a barrier island 40 miles south of Houston, was severely damaged by Hurricane Ike storm surge. Thanks to flood mitigation funds from FEMA, flood insurance reimbursements, the state of Texas and private donations, it is now fully restored and protected from future storms. FEMA funding covered repairs to flooring, walls, and other interior components, as well as emergency protective measures taken by the Library before, during, and after the storm to protect the building and its contents from further damage. These efforts included relocating all of the buildings systems (electrical distribution system, telephone system, HVAC, Internet D-mark, etc.) that could be moved to the upper floors of the building."
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/