FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Storm Shelter is Life Insurance   [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: "The State of Alabama implemented their 'Taking Shelter from the Storm' Safe Room Initiative because of the aforementioned tornado event and subsequent Presidential Declared Disaster. Twelve people were killed, over 300 persons were injured, and several hundred homes were destroyed or damaged. Using Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds made available by FEMA, a total of 568 shelters have been constructed as of December 31, 2003. Of these, 559 are individual shelters with an average reimbursement to the owner of $2,910. An additional nine community shelters have been constructed at an average reimbursement of $20,800." 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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