Washington, DC -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has named Saco, Maine, one of ten Project Impact Star Communities. Saco received the award for their work in educating the community about mitigation measures that can be taken to prevent damage from flood, hurricane and winter weather.
The Project Impact Star Communities award is given out annually to ten communities that exemplify the sprit, innovation and commitment necessary to be a successful Project Impact community. FEMA's Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities aims to educate all Americans about the importance of disaster damage prevention.
"Project Impact is about saving lives, protecting property, protecting the economic and social fabric of communities and saving citizens the heartache of disaster," said FEMA Director James L Witt. "Communities like Saco are making great strides in educating and protecting its residents from disasters and shine as an inspiration for other communities to follow."
Saco has taken actions to safeguard the community from the dangers of flooding, hurricanes and winter weather including:
- Prepared an "All Hazard Mitigation Plan" with short and long-term risk reduction activities identified;
- Changed the storm design level from a 25-year to 50-year level;
- Prepared a "Standard Specification" manual for all new and existing developers;
- Updated the community's comprehensive plan with references about mitigation and the protection of environmentally sensitive areas, especially wetlands and ravines/water courses;
- Prepared a time delineation schedule for hurricane activities;
- Developed a sanitary sewer response plan; and
- Enacted a snow and ice control policy.
"We are pleased to recognize Saco as a Project Impact Star Community," said Setti D. Warren, regional director for FEMA's Region I, which includes Maine. "Saco exemplifies what every community can achieve when it works together to reduce the devastating effects of disasters."
Other communities receiving the 2000 Project Impact Star Communities Award include:
- Culebra, Puerto Rico
- Roanoke, VA
- Charleston County, SC
- Urbana, IL
- Ouachita Parish, LA
- Denison, IA
- Morgan County, CO
- Sparks, NV
- Kenai Peninsula Borough/Soldotna, AK
The Project Impact Star Communities were recognized on November 15th at the Project Impact Summit 2000 - an annual event that gathers representatives from cities, towns, state governments, voluntary agencies and corporations to celebrate efforts to inform American's about disaster prevention measures. The third annual Project Impact Summit was held in Washington, DC on November 12-16, 2000 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel....