31 Jul, 2006
Gulf View Home Survives Katrina's Wrath: Full Mitigation Best Practice Story, 'Jackson County, Mississippi'
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency
This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The portfolio features authentic accounts of how communities and individuals have effectively managed and recovered from disasters by implementing various mitigation measures. From the document: "Susan Lee is fortunate to be the owner of the only home in her coastal neighborhood that remained intact and standing after Hurricane Katrina's devastation on August 29, 2005. The supporting walls of Ms. Lee's house were constructed with reinforced concrete block and reinforced concrete bond beams. The bond beams connect to the roof with hurricane straps. The house survived Katrina's 19-foot storm surge and 100 mile-per hour winds, Break--away windows and outflow vents were built into the area beneath the elevated lowest floor of the house, which is used primarily for storage and parking. These mitigation techniques allowed the flood waters to freely enter and exit the foundation area, reducing the pressure of the surge and preventing the supporting walls of the home from collapsing." 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: www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132.
  • URL
  • Publisher
    United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Date
    31 Jul, 2006
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): www.fema.gov/
  • Format
  • Media Type
  • Subjects
    Hazard mitigation
    Hurricane protection--Planning
    Hurricane protection
    Hurricane Katrina (2005)
  • Resource Groups
    Best practices
    LLIS Collection
  • Series
    FEMA Case Study Library
    FEMA Mitigation Best Practices

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