FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Built to Code - Port Charlotte Home Safely Weathered Hurricane Charley   [open pdf - 29KB]

Alternate Title: Built to Code Port Charlotte Home Still Stands

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: "After the whipping winds and rain of Hurricane Charley subsided, residents of Port Charlotte ventured out to inspect the damage. The extent of damage to older homes in the neighborhood ranged from moderate window and roof damage, to homes that were substantially damaged or totally destroyed. In the midst of all this, the Fodor home, remained almost without damage. [...] The Fodor's house is not unique. Construction is wood frame with stucco exterior, and cement, barrel tile roof. The house was built to comply with the local floodplain ordinance and building code in force in 2001. A basic, safe, strong, and storm resistant home is affordable to people building a new home." 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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