FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Acquisition and Relocation from Multiple Hazards   [open pdf - 28KB]

Alternate Title: Acquisition, Relocation of Schools Multiple Hazards in California

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 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the Castaic Union School District conducted a study of the earthquake-related risks. The District had 63 buildings that was a mix of permanent and portable structures with construction dating as far back as 1917, serving approximately 1,200 students and 115 staff. The San Andreas and San Gabriel fault systems, two of the most active faults in the Nation, pass through the District's area. The assessment revealed that earthquake-related damage was not the only risk. Besides seismic damage, the study revealed two additional threats: flooding from the Castaic Dam (located only 1.7 miles upstream) and fire or explosion from a rupture in nearby oil pipelines (a 1925 gas-welded pipeline, and a 1964 modern arcwelded steel pipeline). If the dam were to fail, the 2,200-acre reservoir could release nearly 105 billion gallons of water, inundating the area below with 50 feet of water." 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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