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FEMA Case Study Library

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Heavy-Duty Safe Room Provides Tornado Relief For Homeowners, Pets

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – When Karen and her husband built their retirement home in 2002, they were determined to build a protective safe room equipped with the necessary amenities and materials in the event of a devastating tornado.

Hazard Planning Successfully Shapes Growing Communities

BELLE GLADE, FL — Florida recorded four of the top five costliest American hurricanes of the century after Hurricanes Andrew, Charley, Ivan and Wilma struck the peninsula.

Hazard Mitigation Program Quells Ivan's Wrath

ANSONIA PLACE, PA - Prior to 1998, Ansonia Place was a quiet creek-side community Region Iclose to downtown Pittsburgh. It was home to 22 single-family structures and an apartment building.

Hazard Mitigation Measures Protect Pump Station from Repetitive Flooding

LUZERNE COUNTY, PA – A wastewater pumping station belonging to the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) is often at the mercy of the Susquehanna River. The station, built in 1966, is situated in the historical section of West Pittston, adjacent to the riverbank.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Pilot Provides Safe Haven for Louisiana Couple

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA – Hurricane Katrina displaced many Gulf Coast residents including Wayne and Rosalie Oubre of Harvey, Louisiana.  

Hawaii Hurricane Relief Project

KAUAI, HI - On September 11, 1992, Hurricane Iniki hit the island of Kauai, Hawaii, with wind speeds exceeding those of Hurricane Iwa (1982) and Dot (1959). Iniki (a category 4 hurricane) was the strongest and most destructive hurricane to hit the Hawaiian Islands in recorded history.

Harris County Flood Control District: Continuous Updates Program

HARRIS COUNTY, TX - The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD), a Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) in association with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), recently completed a countywide Flood Insurance Study (FIS) restudy for Harris County, Texas (Houston, T

Hardened First Responder Facility

TYLER, TX - Smith County is located in east Texas, approximately 100 miles east of Dallas. It is largely rural, with only one metropolitan area, the City of Tyler.

Hardened Fire Station Speeds Emergency Response

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS – When it was time to build a new fire station, Hancock County, Mississippi used lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina to dictate a number of factors for the structure.  

Hamlet Protected From Flooding

DE LANCEY, NY - A perennial problem in a rural hamlet in Delaware County worsened dangerously in 1996 when severe storms and flooding overwhelmed a creek and diverted its flow into the hamlet of De Lancey, damaging nearly every home in the community.