FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Commission Approves Safe Shelter Policy in Shawnee County   [open pdf - 27KB]

Alternate Title: Commission Approves Policy Safe Rooms In Shawnee

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: "A storm safety room has become a requirement for all multiple-family structures built in Shawnee, Kansas. The County's planning commission approved a policy in June 2005, requiring developers to include such a room in every multiple-family residence. 'If the safe room is designed to the regulations that FEMA has provided, then FEMA describes the level of protection as near absolute,' said FEMA Civil Engineer Bob Franke." 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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