Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio

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Read on to learn about Mitigation Best Practices and how the stories in this portfolio offer ideas for you to use in reducing or preventing damage from disasters.

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.

There are three important elements to help reduce the impact of disasters on our nation's citizens and communities:

  • Hazard identification and assessment of risks and vulnerabilities;
  • Taking action to mitigate (reduce or prevent disaster effects); and
  • Telling the Best Practice story of how to mitigate.

By sharing your story, you help spread the word of how important, effective, and life saving mitigation can be.

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Users can email FEMA-lessonslearned@fema.dhs.gov with any document request.  Our contract support staff will be able to search the offline database for users and email them back documents, usually within 1-3 business days.

Please supply as much information as possible about the type of stories you are looking for (hazard type, state, region, etc.)

Best Practices

You can read some of the best practices that have been submitted by clicking on the links below.

Flood

  • Elevation Saves Business and Provides Refuge
  • Elevating a Slab-On-Grade Home
  • Bay Head Elevated Home Undamaged by Sandy Surge
  • Flood Vents, Elevation, and Compliance: Homeowners Protect Their Investment
  • Combating Streambank Erosion in Fountain Creek
  • Flood Mitigation Project Leads to Saving the Town of Wellington

Wind

  • Hurricane Straps Save a Roof
  • Safe Room Protects Oklahoma Family
  • Making Tornado Safety a Priority
  • Twenty Survive in Neighbor's Safe Room
  • Community Continues to Enjoy Benefits of Safe Room Investment
  • Winning the Battle Against High Wind Events
  • Lahouse: A Mitigation Model for Louisiana Homes

Assistance

  • Repetitive Flood Claims Program Benefits City and Homeowners
  • User Friendly Government: Town of Hempstead Seeks to Lighten the Load
  • Backup Plan Provides Electrical Power for a New Jersey Community
  • Computerized Warning System Alerts Pueblo Residents
  • On Top of the Game in Floodplain Management
  • Mass Acquisitions Ward Off Repetitive Flood Loss

Share your Success

If you have taken measures to prevent losses from disasters at home, at work or in your community, help us tell YOUR story.

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.

To submit your story, follow the instructions below:

  1. Tell us your story prepared in a Microsoft® Word file.
  2. Submit any photos, maps, graphics, and/or PDF files which may enhance your Best Practice.
  3. Email your information to Mitsuccess@dhs.gov

Once you submit your Best Practice or Case Study, we will review your information and possibly include your story in our nationwide collection of Best Practices.  

Learn from Others' Success

Throughout the United States, many individuals, businesses and communities have been taking action to combat disasters. They are winning.

To see how others are protecting their lives and property, see our Case Studies. These contain in-depth, analytical information about innovative projects throughout the United States that deal with all types of hazards.

Last Updated: 
04/09/2015 - 10:48
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