FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Safe Place to Go: Alabamas Safe Room and Community Shelter Program   [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: "In Dec. 2000, strong storms that moved through the State of Alabama resulted in 12 deaths and more than 300 homes being damaged in the six most severely damaged counties. All due to tornadoes. During the recovery phase of this disaster, Federal and State mitigation staff counseled more than 900 individuals and distributed 2,800 publications on Safe Rooms and wind resistant construction. In a two-week period, mitigation staff traveled 780 miles throughout the State and set up booths in home improvement stores, shopping malls, county courthouses, and even at outdoor temporary shelters in rural damaged areas. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA), through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), implemented phase one of a Safe Room grant program." 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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