Public Assistance Hazard Mitigation Project Examples

Public Assistance hazard mitigation measures aim to protect all types of facilities against all types of hazards.

There may be opportunities to fund more holistic hazard mitigation measures that can include damaged and undamaged portions of a facility.  Some examples include:

  • Constructing floodwalls around damaged facilities
  • Installing new drainage facilities (including culverts) along a damaged road
  • Adding fire-suppression systems at facilities damaged by wildfire
  • Dry floodproofing both damaged and undamaged buildings that contain components of a system that are functionally interdependent (i.e., when the entire system is jeopardized if any one component of the system fails)

In addition, some common cost-effective hazard mitigation measures may include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Replace drainage structure with a larger structure
  • Install submersible pumps in water or wastewater plants
  • Elevate equipment vulnerable to flood damage
  • Anchor storage tanks to prevent movement
  • Install shut-off valves on underground pipes
  • Elevate or dry floodproof buildings
  • Replace damaged power poles with higher-rated poles
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For more information about hurricane and flood mitigation measures for public facilities, visit our mitigation handbooks.

Community Examples

Read case studies describing how communities have used Public Assistance funding to prepare for and protect against hazard damage.

Hurricane Irma struck Florida in September 2017, causing extensive damage in many parts of the state. Hurricane Irma's 185 mph maximum winds continued for more than 37 hours — the longest any cyclone on record to maintain that intensity. Sixty-five percent of the state was without power immediately after the storm including 6.5 million homes and businesses.
Located in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, the Eagle Point Fire District was in the path of the devastating fire. The top of the culvert was made of wood and damaged by the fire. The District replaced the 18-ft long x 18-ft wide x 2-ft high 8-inch damaged wooden top with a metal one for safety and longevity.
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