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Understanding Your Risks: Identifying Hazards and Estimating Losses

By Federal Emergency Management Agency

Posted on: July, 15 2010

This guide (#2) is multi-hazard in scope and provides step-by-step guidance on how to perform a risk assessment. Through a series of general and hazard-specific guidance and worksheets, the guide will help State, Indian Tribal, and local planning teams determine (1) which natural hazards could affect a jurisdiction; (2) what areas of the jurisdiction are vulnerable to the hazards; (3) what assets will be affected; and (4) to what degree they will be affected, as measured through dollar losses.

Getting Started: Building Support for Mitigation Planning

By Federal Emergency Management Agency

Posted on: July, 15 2010

Mitigation Planning How-To Guide # 1 (FEMA 386-1) discusses the activities and issues involved in initiating a hazard mitigation planning process. The topics are presented within the context of the beginning phase of the mitigation planning process, although many activities will continue throughout the process. This how-to guide covers not only this first phase of the planning process, but also provides snapshots of later phases.

Using the Hazard Mitigation Plan to Prepare Successful Mitigation Projects

By Federal Emergency Management Agency

Posted on: July, 15 2010

How-To Guide #9 (FEMA 386-9) shows how a community can move from the hazard mitigation plan to developing mitigation projects that may be implemented fully using FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance as appropriate. This Guide explains the process of developing the scope of a project, identifies the key components of a successful mitigation project funding application, and describes how to identify funding available through FEMA and other agencies.

Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resource Considerations into Hazard Mitigation Planning

By Federal Emergency Management Agency

Posted on: July, 15 2010

"How-To" Guide #6 (FEMA 386-6) shows communities, step by step with the needed tools and resources, how to develop and then implement a pre-disaster planning strategy for historic properties and cultural resources. While the emphasis is on the built environment, this Guide includes cultural institutions to address the mitigation of cultural heritage, including museum collections, works of art, and books and documents.

Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Planning

By Federal Emergency Management Agency

Posted on: July, 15 2010

Mitigation Planning How-To Guide #8, (FEMA 386-8) provides suggestions to local governments for preparing multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plans. A multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan is a plan prepared jointly by more than one jurisdiction and may include any county, municipality, city, town, township, school district or other special district, council of governments or other regional organization, Indian tribe or Alaska Native village, or unincorporated areas.

Using Benefit-Cost Review in Mitigation Planning

By Federal Emergency Management Agency

Posted on: July, 15 2010

Mitigation Planning How-To Guide #5 (FEMA 386-5) helps local jurisdictions apply the concepts of Benefit-Cost Review to prioritize mitigation actions to meet FEMA requirements. The purpose of a mitigation plan is to reduce the community’s vulnerability to hazards. After assessing a community may consider many options.

The Practice of Low Impact Development

By NAHB Research Center, Inc. Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Posted on: July, 9 2010

A reference tool intended to assist the housing industry during the land development process. It complements the 1993 HUD publication "Model Land Development Standards and Accompanying Model State Enabling Legislation", which simultaneously promoted safe, high quality housing and eliminated needless requirements that add to a home's final cost.

Growing by Choice or Chance

By J. Terrence Farris et. al.

Posted on: July, 9 2010

Sponsored by the Urban Land Institute and the South Carolina Real Estate Center at the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Quality Growth Initiative assembled diverse stakeholders to evaluate land use patterns and trends, explore impediments to quality growth, and identify potential quality growth solutions for the state and its regions.

The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting

By Texas Water Development Board

Posted on: July, 9 2010

A manual developed for the state of Texas that discusses the aspects of rainwater harvesting, emphasizing the methods of capture, storage, and use of this natural resource at the place it occurs.

Harvesting Rainwater for Landscape Use

By Patricia H. Waterfall

Posted on: February, 25 2010

Historically, people relied on harvested rain water to provide water for drinking, landscape watering, and for agricultural uses. Once urban areas started to develop, large, centralized water supply systems replaced the need to harvest water. More recently, people have become reacquainted with water harvesting, using it to provide water for home gardens, parking lot trees, multi-housing lawns, and commercial landscapes featuring desert adapted plants.