FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Carl Crislers Elevated Home   [open pdf - 28KB]

Alternate Title: Carl Crislers Elevated Home Proves Successful Against Flood

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: "Wheelchair-bound Carl Crisler, a decorated World War II veteran and retired deputy sheriff, was 75 when his River Road home in Forestville, California, was flooded. Mr. Crisler's home is situated on one third of an acre 100 yards from the banks of the Russian River. In January of 1995, seven feet of mud and water flooded his home causing serious damage. When the structure was flooded again, in March of 1995, Crisler and his wife suffered a total loss. Their home was condemned. The electrical system, walls, floors, ceilings, cabinetry, appliances and electronics were lost. The septic system needed replacement. The foundation needed rebuilding. [...] The Crislers received $600 from FEMA to use for purchase of a new $8,000 septic system. A $5,000 USDA loan obtained by DRI partially paid for installation of a motorized handicap access lift. The Deluge Response Interfaith (DRI) estimates that nearly $30,000 was spent on the elevation and that another $60,000 was spent on complete renovation of the house." 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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