In the wake of disasters, people often wonder whether there is a way to protect both people and property from such devastating losses. The answer is a resounding "YES!" Mitigation is the way to provide that protection. Hazard mitigation means taking action to reduce or prevent future damage, preferably before a disaster strikes.
Flood Mitigation Project Protects Gingerbread Houses
Ferndale, CA – A flood mitigation project increased the size and water flow of Francis Creek by cleaning it of debris, widening it in some areas, and restoring its natural path in other areas. A total of 73 homes, 56 businesses and commercial structures, five churches, a fire station, and three schools are now protected from flooding.
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Throughout the United States, many individuals, businesses, and communities have been taking action to combat disasters. They are winning.
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Best Practices Portfolio
Collection of illustrated stories, ideas, activities, and projects that show how others have worked to reduce or prevent damage from disasters.
In-depth, analytical information about innovative projects throughout the United States that deal with all types of hazards.
Mitigation Best Practices (Hurricane Katrina)
These Best Practices highlight Gulf Coast mitigation projects that successfully protected properties and reduced financial losses during Hurricane Katrina (2005).
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If your community was creative or took exceptional steps in implementing planning and prevention measures, executing sound floodplain management practices, providing mitigation training, or conducting outreach and public awareness activities, let other communities read about it.
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Telling the Tale of Disaster Resistance: A Guide to Capturing and Communicating the Story provides some of the “best practices” of those who have promoted disaster-resistance efforts throughout the country. In this guide, you'll find the key considerations for successfully telling the tale of disaster resistance – developing story leads, researching and documenting projects, creating a finished product, and promoting those projects.
Developing and Promoting Mitigation Best Practices and Case Studies – Community Strategy Toolkit, is designed to help guide efforts to capture and promote effective mitigation techniques being employed throughout the country to reduce adverse impacts of disasters.