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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Pilot Project Enhances Efficiency in Substantial Damage Estimations   [open pdf - 573KB]

"When impacted by disasters, all communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are required to determine whether damage to structures reaches a 50 percent or greater threshold. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Substantial Damage Estimator (SDE) tool is often used to make these estimates. However, Marathon, Florida has devised a method using a Geographic Information System (GIS) digital database with the damage fields from FEMA's SDE tool to generate another effective way of reporting substantial damage information."

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