Hazard Mitigation Field Book: Roadways

Hazard Mitigation Field Book: Roadways

by Federal Emergency Management Agency (U.S.)
     
 

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continually strives to improve the delivery of disaster assistance to states and local governments.  The Hazard Mitigation Field Book (HMFB) for Roadways assists entities directly affected by catastrophic events and disasters by suggesting mitigation measures.  The mitigation measures are intended to

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Overview

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continually strives to improve the delivery of disaster assistance to states and local governments.  The Hazard Mitigation Field Book (HMFB) for Roadways assists entities directly affected by catastrophic events and disasters by suggesting mitigation measures.  The mitigation measures are intended to help in identifying mitigation options and solutions for local jurisdictions and can be used at any time, and not just after a disaster.

 

As disasters have grown in frequency and severity, the costs of response and recovery have escalated to unsustainable levels.  Obligations through the Federal Disaster Relief Fund ballooned from 2.8 billion in 1992 to 34.4 billion in 2005 due to damages associated with the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons.  The most effective way to reduce these excessive losses is through disaster preparedness and mitigation.  To best achieve this goal, we need to pursue two objectives:

 

1)      Break the disaster-rebuild disaster cycle.  Merely repairing substandard infrastructure and elements to their pre-disaster condition does not protect the community from future disaster damages or reduce long-term costs.  Mitigation improvements should always be considered in the rebuilding process, utilizing a multi-hazard approach whenever possible.

2)      Ensure that communities address natural hazards.  Comprehensive plans should acknowledge all hazards that pose a risk and identify steps to avoid those hazards altogether or incrementally reduce a community’s exposure to its hazards.

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780160902031
Publisher:
United States Dept. of Homeland Security
Publication date:
07/30/2012
Pages:
46
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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