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Mitigation Best Practices Search
This portfolio is a collection of ideas, activities/projects and funding sources that can help reduce or prevent the impacts of disasters. To take a look at what is possible and to get ideas for your own situations, we invite you to browse through this portfolio and see what others have been doing. You can access the Best Practices by using the subject tabs below and filtering based on your needs or by using the Advanced Search.
The FEMA Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk. Although some stories may suggest specific applications or building techniques, they are not meant to provide technical advice about construction techniques or types of materials to use. Building codes will vary by locality; if you are making structural changes or improvements always check with your local government regarding codes that apply to your home or community. If using a contractor, be sure to use one who is licensed and bonded. For additional information on building codes and building science, visit the FEMA Library.
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Region I - CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT | Region II - NJ, NY, PR, VI | Region III - DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV | Region IV - AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN
Region V - IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI | Region VI - AR, LA, NM, OK, TX | Region VII - IA, KS, MO, NE | Region VIII - CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY
Region IX - AZ, CA, GUAM, HI, NV, CNMI, RMI, American Samoa | Region X - AK, ID, OR, WA