FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: City of Washington   [open pdf - 28KB]

Alternate Title: City of Washington Voluntary Buy-Outs

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. From the document: "Flooding in the summer of 1993 uprooted thousands of people and destroyed or damaged their property. People and animals were caught in raging waters, leading to many deaths. The high water damaged millions of acres of agricultural land, devastated towns and businesses, cut off water supplies, and knocked out roads, bridges and railways. Since then, the State of Missouri has taken steps to remove people from harms way. The State has currently acquired nearly 5,000 homes through voluntary buyouts administered by the State and FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)." 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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