FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Tall Order After Isabel   [open pdf - 30KB]

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: "Standing in her front yard, her back to the Chesapeake Bay, Brenda Tucker gazed at the collapsed roof marking the spot where Hurricane Isabel's waves crashed through her house, carrying away her 40-year-old cottage's Florida room and a 30-foot deck. [...] The Maryland Department of the Environment said 78,000 improved properties are within Maryland's 100-year flood plains. Of those, more than 51,000 (about two-thirds) have flood insurance policies. John M. Joyce, the department's flood insurance coordinator, said insured homeowners whose houses were destroyed or 'substantially damaged' (more than 50 percent of fair market value), may receive up to $30,000 to cover the costs of raising their homes above the flood line." 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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