FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: School-Based Safe Room Protect 100,000 Children   [open pdf - 40KB]

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: "From 1950 through 2003, Arkansas has been affected by 1497 tornadoes. More recent tornado data through 2003 indicates an average of 27.7 tornadoes occur annually in Arkansas. In 1999, Arkansas was slammed with 107 tornados, which is the most for a single year in the State's history. More than 100,000 children, teachers, and local residents in 60 school districts across Arkansas are safer because of safe rooms built to protect them through mitigation grants from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is now part of the Department of Homeland Security." 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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