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[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes] Carey, Ohio, September 12, 2007 -- Jim Sherwood, an hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) marks flood waterline on a local barbershop entrance in the center of town.The bronze plaque on the store owners entrance is a historical marker indicating the level of the 1981 flood. The USGS marks flood water levels around the town, especially close to the stream. John Ficara/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes] Carey, Ohio, September 12, 20...

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Tracy City, MO, May 10, 2007 -- Flooded Tracy City Park.  Federal and State funds were used to buy this property after the 1993 Midwest Floods.  Last week the park flooded again, this time with no damage to property.  FEMA/Teri Mayer

Tracy City, MO, May 10, 2007 -- Flooded Tracy City Park. Federal and ...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Robert and Sandra Harris' elevated house was the only one left standing on Wiggins Street after Hurricane Katrina hit. They had mitigated their home in 1999 with Increased Cost of Compliance funds through the National Flood Insurance Program. They elevated their house above the required level in order to further protect against flooding. Photo by Robert Harris.

[Hurricane Katrina] Robert and Sandra Harris' elevated house was the o...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., February 28, 2006 -- Robert and Sandra Harris returned to their Pascagoula neighborhood days after Hurricane Katrina to discover theirs was the only house left standing. They previously had mitigated their home in 1999 with $30,000 in Increased Cost of Compliance funds through the National Flood Insurance Program.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., February 28, 2006 -- Robert and...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides] Welch, WV, May 9, 2002 -- The Dollar General in Welch, West Virginia  lost its complete inventory the second time in two years due to the May 2, 2002 flash.  Bob McMillan/ FEMA  Photo

[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides] Welch, WV, May 9, 2002 -- Th...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides] Welch, WV, May 15, 2002 -- Allen Graybill of Hazard  Mitigation works with Joyce Carlisle in the Disaster Recovery Office in Welch, West Virginia about  damage her home sustained during the flash flood of May 2, 2002.  Bob McMillan/ FEMA Photo

[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides] Welch, WV, May 15, 2002 -- A...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, IA, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the campg

Des Moines, IA, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers ...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 campers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds outside Des Moines was completed in 2003. The 5,200 square-foot shelter is 100 feet long by 71 feet wide. When not in use as an emergency shelter, the large multi-purpose building is used by both the fairground staff and campers for restrooms, showers, a laundry area, offices, and meeting space. The shelter, funded through a $600,000 grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the Iowa State Fair funding the remaining $150,000. In June 1998, a storm with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (mph) caused over $465,000 in damage to the State Fair complex, severely impacting the cam

Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 2004 -- This tornado shelter for 400 camper...

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Shoppers stop by a FEMA booth to learn about disaster assistance programs and rebuilding techniques to reduce disaster damages. Here, a FEMA employee provides mitigation information and materials to a homeowner. Photo by Crispin Nery/FEMA.

Shoppers stop by a FEMA booth to learn about disaster assistance progr...

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[Hurricane Rita] Washington, DC, September 22, 2005 --   David Paulison, the Acting Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, speaks with Texas Governor Rick Perry about preparations for Hurricane Rita and to determine the need for federal assistance in anticipation of landfall there. He also called Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco to discuss that state's preparedness efforts and possible need for federal assistance in case Hurricane Rita affects that state. Bill Koplitz/FEMA

[Hurricane Rita] Washington, DC, September 22, 2005 -- David Pauliso...

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[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., September 25, 2005 -- This structure was mitigated to protect against floods and high winds.  Few structures on the coast of Mississippi were mitigated prior to Hurricane Katrina.  FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., September 25, 2005 -- This str...

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[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., September 25, 2005 -- The difference in the damages sustained by these houses shows the value of mitigation.  Few structures on the coast of Mississippi were mitigated prior to Hurricane Katrina.  FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., September 25, 2005 -- The diff...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Many homes in New Orleans were completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina's high winds and severe flooding. The Justine Plantation, shown here, sits undamaged because of the owners' adherence to Mandeville's building codes, requiring that a house sit above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). Photo by Jeff Markham/FEMA.

[Hurricane Katrina] Many homes in New Orleans were completely destroye...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Pass Christian, Ms.,  October 4, 2005 -- Aerial photo shows the only surviving home in the area that was completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Foundations are all that remain of most of the neighboring homes. Surviving home was built using many FEMA standards.  John Fleck/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Pass Christian, Ms., October 4, 2005 -- Aerial ph...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., October 13, 2005 -- FEMA representative Henry "Rico" Borrazzo explains mitigation and the FEMA recovery process to residents in Jackson, Miss.  FEMA mitigation and community relations (CR) are teaming up at the State Fair to take the FEMA message directly to the people of Mississippi.  FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., October 13, 2005 -- FEMA represent...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., October 13, 2005 -- FEMA representative Henry "Rico" Borrazzo explains mitigation and the FEMA recovery process to residents in Jackson, Miss.  FEMA mitigation and community relations (CR) are teaming up at the State Fair to take the FEMA message directly to the people of Mississippi.  FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., October 13, 2005 -- FEMA represent...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., October 13, 2005 -- FEMA representative Henry "Rico" Borrazzo explains mitigation and the FEMA recovery process to a resident in Jackson, Miss.  FEMA mitigation and community relations (CR) are teaming up at the State Fair to take the FEMA message directly to the people of Mississippi.  FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., October 13, 2005 -- FEMA represent...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., October 20, 2005 -- These FEMA information materials are about to be distributed at a Tougaloo College workshop regarding FEMA Mitigation services.  Preparedness and prevention are key elements of FEMA disaster services.  George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., October 20, 2005 -- These FEMA inf...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., October 20, 2005 -- At a workshop sponsored by Tougaloo College, FEMA Mitigation worker Ernest Hunter provides information as FEMA representatives Gregor Blackburn, Harry Sherwood, Maxine Fredericks, and MEMA's Billy Patrick look on.  Prevention and preparedness are key elements of FEMA disaster services.  George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., October 20, 2005 -- At a workshop ...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Long Beach, Miss., October 30, 2005 -- A lone, mitigated home stands alone in Long Beach, Miss.  Hurricane Katrina caused extensive damage all along the Mississippi gulf coast.  FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Long Beach, Miss., October 30, 2005 -- A lone, mit...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Baton rouge, LA  November 9, 2005 - The LSU Agricultural Center held a media tour to show off the many innovations in "LaHouse," a concept building which exhibits "stronger, safer, and smarter" constuction materials and practices.  Designed to withstand the many environmental conditions that affect homes along the Gulf Coast, LaHouse has attracted the attention of FEMA along with the insurance and construction industries.  Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton rouge, LA November 9, 2005 - The LSU Agricu...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA  November 7, 2005 - Dr. Claudette Reichel, AG Professor at LSU and  Project Chair for "LaHouse," described to reporters the building techniques and materials used to construct this innovative demonstration home. Among its other features, LaHouse is built to withstand hurricane winds up to 150 mph.  Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA November 7, 2005 - Dr. Claudette ...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA  November 9, 2005 - Sandy Scallon of the LSU AG Center and Coordinator of the LaHouse project, stands beside a list of some of the building features of this innovative demonstration structure.  LaHouse exhibits "stronger, safer, and smarter construction" practices.  Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA November 9, 2005 - Sandy Scallon ...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA  November 9, 2005 - Dr. Claudette Reichel, AG Professor at LSU and  Project Chair for "LaHouse," described the building techniques and materials used to construct this innovative residential structure. LaHouse is built in four sections, each one showcasing solutions to help homes survive environmental threats common to the gulf coast.  Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA November 9, 2005 - Dr. Claudette ...

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[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Dr. Claudette Reichel, AG Professor at LSU and  Project Chair for "LaHouse," described to reporters the special construction materials and techniques and materials used to build this stong exhibition home.  LaHouse is designed to showcase solutions for homes in the Gulf Coast's harsh climate conditions.  Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Dr. Claudette Reichel, AG Professor...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., November 29, 2005 -- Large I-beams are utilized when elevating structures.  Property owners are beginning to elevate their existing homes in Pascagoula.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., November 29, 2005 -- Large I-be...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., November 29, 2005 -- A private home in the process of being elevated.  Property owners are beginning to elevate their existing homes in Pascagoula.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., November 29, 2005 -- A private ...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., November 30, 2005 -- FEMA mitigation representative Lynda Charles (center) discusses a map of coastal Mississippi showing the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina in different locations to a delegation of Japanese engineers on a tour of the Mississippi coast.  Engineers are working to determine better ways for structures to survive the storm surge and wind of hurricanes.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., November 30, 2005 -- FEMA mitigatio...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., November 30, 2005 -- FEMA mitigation representative Bud Plisich (right) leads a delegation of Japanese engineers on a tour of the Mississippi coast.  Engineers are working to determine better ways for structures to survive hurricanes.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., November 30, 2005 -- FEMA mitigatio...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., November 30, 2005 -- FEMA mitigation representative Bud Plisich (standing) presents the Mitigation Assessment Team findings on the effects of Hurricane Katrina on structures in Mississippi to a delegation of Japanese engineers on a tour of the Mississippi coast.  Engineers are working to determine better ways for structures to survive hurricanes.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., November 30, 2005 -- FEMA mitigatio...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Moss Point, MS., December 1, 2005- A FEMA employee discusses the benifits of using reinforcements in building structures at a Disaster Recovery Center(DRC) in Moss Point, MS.  The Mitigation section of the DRC has been handling incresased requests for building information.  Patsy Lynch/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Moss Point, MS., December 1, 2005- A FEMA employee...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, MS., December 2, 2005 - FEMA representatives from Mitigation discuss the information being presented at a two-day workshop on MS. Gulf Coast development. The MS Governor's Commission on Recovery, Renewal and Rebuilding sponsored the workshop which included Federal, State and local authorities.  Patsy Lynch/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, MS., December 2, 2005 - FEMA representativ...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Gautier, Miss., December 5, 2005 -- FEMA representative Phuong Huynh (left) explains mitigation techniques at the local mall.  FEMA encourages residents of Mississippi to rebuild smarter and stronger.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Gautier, Miss., December 5, 2005 -- FEMA represent...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Gautier, Miss., December 5, 2005 -- FEMA representative Phuong Huynh explains mitigation techniques at the local mall.  FEMA encourages residents of Mississippi to rebuild smarter and stronger.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Gautier, Miss., December 5, 2005 -- FEMA represent...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., December 5, 2005 -- FEMA representative Helen Allen distributes the FEMA mitigation publication "Are You Ready" at a local home improvement store.  FEMA encourages residents of Mississippi to rebuild smarter and stronger.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., December 5, 2005 -- FEMA repres...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., December 5, 2005 -- FEMA representative Helen Allen explains back flow valves at a local home improvement store.  FEMA encourages residents of Mississippi to rebuild smarter and stronger.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., December 5, 2005 -- FEMA repres...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Gautier, Miss., December 5, 2005 -- FEMA representative Michael Touche (right) explains mitigation techniques at a local home improvement store.  FEMA encourages residents of Mississippi to rebuild smarter and stronger.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Gautier, Miss., December 5, 2005 -- FEMA represent...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, Miss., December 6, 2005 -- FEMA representative David Schinnerer (left) explains mitigation techniques at a local home improvement store.  FEMA encourages residents of Mississippi to rebuild smarter and stronger.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, Miss., December 6, 2005 -- FEMA represen...

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[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., December 6, 2005 -- FEMA representatives Debra Badeaux (left) and Bertha Hoskins (center) explain mitigation techniques at a local home improvement store.  FEMA encourages residents of Mississippi to rebuild smarter and stronger.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., December 6, 2005 -- FEMA repre...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, Miss., December 6, 2005 -- FEMA display explains mitigation techniques at a local home improvement store.  FEMA encourages residents of Mississippi to rebuild smarter and stronger.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, Miss., December 6, 2005 -- FEMA display ...

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[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., December 6, 2005 -- FEMA representatives explain mitigation techniques at a local home improvement store.  FEMA encourages residents of Mississippi to rebuild smarter and stronger.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., December 6, 2005 -- FEMA repre...

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Elevated Gingerbread House.  Gingerbread House has been elevated on masonry (chocolate) blocks to create a freeboard between lowest level of furnished floor and anticipated flood levels.  Houses elevated on piers are most appropriate for riverine flood-prone structures. Since solid staircases that block flow under a building is a violation of NFIP free-of-obstruction requirements, the Gingerbread house has an open stair design of flood resistant (red licorice) material.  The gingerbread house was designed by Sharon Loper for the FEMA Region 10 Annual Baking Contest and received the "Most Creative Award."  Photo: Jeffrey Markham, FEMA Region X

Elevated Gingerbread House. Gingerbread House has been elevated on ma...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Diamondhead, Miss., December 8, 2005 -- FEMA mitigation representative Bob Durrin makes a point during a town meeting in Diamondhead.  Federal, state and local officials were at the meeting to discuss the current status of the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Diamondhead, Miss., December 8, 2005 -- FEMA mitig...

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[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA 12-21-05  A steel coffer dam is being installed at this Mirabeau Levee breach on London Ave so permanent repairs can be made.  FEMA is helping Local governments repair levee breaks.  MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA 12-21-05 A steel coffer dam is be...

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[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 12-21-05 -- A steel coffer dam is being installed at the Mirabeau Levee breach on London Ave so permanent repairs can be made.  FEMA is helping Local governments repair levee breaks.  MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 12-21-05 -- A steel coffer dam is...

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[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA 12-21-05 -- A steel coffer dam is being installed at the Robert E Lee Levee breach on London Ave so permanent repairs can be made.  FEMA is helping Local governments repair levee breaks.  MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA 12-21-05 -- A steel coffer dam is ...

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[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 01-12-06 -- Students from the "Academy of Sacred Heart High School" peacefully protest to ask for catagory 5 Levee's be built to save property and lives.  Many people are asking the Federal Government and FEMA to build Catagory 5 Levees to help prevent future Hurricane flooding and destruction.  MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 01-12-06 -- Students from the "Ac...

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[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 01-12-06 -- Students from the "Academy of Sacred Heart High School" peacefully protest to ask for catagory 5 Levee's be built to save property and lives.  Many people are asking the Federal Government and FEMA to build Catagory 5 Levees to help prevent future Hurricane flooding and destruction.  MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 01-12-06 -- Students from the "Ac...

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[Hurricane Rita] Sulphur, LA, 1-26-06 -- Dama Fullington talks with FEMA mitigation John Ormsby about rebuilding options at this mitigation display at Lowe's Building supplies.  FEMA puts these Mitigation displays in public places to give people who need to build or rebuild choices in making a better building that will resist damage better.  MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Rita] Sulphur, LA, 1-26-06 -- Dama Fullington talks with FE...

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[Hurricane Rita] Sulphur, LA, 1-26-06 -- Ellie Newby talks with FEMA mitigation Specialists Braden Allen and John Ormsby and NFIP Specialist Tom McDermott about wind proofing hardware repairs at this mitigation display at Lowe's Building supplies.  FEMA puts these Mitigation displays in public places to give people who need to build or rebuild choices in making a better building that will resist damage better.  MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Rita] Sulphur, LA, 1-26-06 -- Ellie Newby talks with FEMA m...

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[Hurricane Rita] Sulphur, LA, 1-26-06 -- FEMA mitigation Specialist Braden Allen answers disaster victim's questions about making repairs at this mitigation display at Lowe's Building supplies.  FEMA puts these Mitigation displays in public places to give people who need to build or rebuild choices in making a better building that will resist damage better.  MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Rita] Sulphur, LA, 1-26-06 -- FEMA mitigation Specialist Br...

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[Hurricane Katrina] January 8, 2006, Biloxi, MS -- A computer display showing a flood plain maps during a FEMA reconstruction "EXPO" at a mall in Biloxi. Latest information of safe construction, flood levels, and mitigation is provided to the public by FEMA specialists. Leif Skoogfors/FEMA Photo

[Hurricane Katrina] January 8, 2006, Biloxi, MS -- A computer display ...

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[Hurricane Katrina] January 8, 2006, Biloxi, MS -- Jesse Munoz, a FEMA Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer participating in a reconstruction "EXPO" at a popular mall in Biloxi. Latest information of safe construction, flood levels, and mitigation is provided to the public by FEMA specialists. Leif Skoogfors/FEMA Photo

[Hurricane Katrina] January 8, 2006, Biloxi, MS -- Jesse Munoz, a FEMA...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, MS, January 28, 2006 -- A computer display that gives information about flood maps and zones at a FEMA Expo held in a shopping mall.  FEMA uses advanced technology to plot flood plains to allow people to rebuild to a safer standard. Leif Skoogfors/FEMA Photo

[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, MS, January 28, 2006 -- A computer displ...

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[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., February 4, 2006 --   FEMA Mitigation representative Stacy Schrupp (left)  discusses mitigation techniques with residents in D'Iberville.  FEMA encourages rebuilding better and stronger to minimize damage in future disasters.  Darby Duffin/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., February 4, 2006 -- FEMA Mit...

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[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., February 4, 2006 --   FEMA Mitigation representatives describe Integrated Concrete Forms (ICF) construction at the Mitigation Modular Expo in D'Iberville.  ICF is a melding of concrete, reinforcement, and Styrofoam to form a very effective barrier to effects of flood, storm surge and wind disasters.  Darby Duffin/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., February 4, 2006 -- FEMA Mit...

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[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., February 4, 2006 --   FEMA Mitigation representatives discuss mitigation techniques with local residents at the Mitigation Modular Expo in D'Iberville.  FEMA encourages rebuilding better and stronger to minimize damage in future disasters.  Darby Duffin/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] D'Iberville, Miss., February 4, 2006 -- FEMA Mit...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Pass Christian, Miss., February 6, 2006 -- The house of Don and Rose Blanchard, rebuilt just 10 months prior to Hurricane Katrina using best mitigation practices, sustained little damage from the storm.  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds were used to subsidize their rebuilding costs in 2003.  Darby Duffin/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Pass Christian, Miss., February 6, 2006 -- The hou...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, Miss., February 6, 2006 -- Electric storm shutters helped keep emergency personnel safe inside the Harrison County Courthouse during Hurricane Katrina.  Best mitigation practices are used to strengthen structures against all hazards.  Darby Duffin/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, Miss., February 6, 2006 -- Electric stor...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Napa CA, Feb. 14, 2006 -- Foundation bolts and straps are an inexpensive way to mitigate movement in the event of an earthquake. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Napa CA, Feb. 14,...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Napa, CA, Feb. 14, 2006 -- FEMA mitigation specialists meet with a contractor that has raised this home to mitigate flooding. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Napa, CA, Feb. 14...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Yountville, CA, Feb. 14, 2006 -- Floodwalls surround this California trailer park to prevent flooding from nearby creeks. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Yountville, CA, F...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Napa, CA, Feb. 14, 2006 -- Earthquake straps hold this structure firmly to the foundation to prevent movement in the event of an earthquake. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Napa, CA, Feb. 14...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Nappa, CA, Feb. 14, 2006 - A floodwall is under construction to keep the City of Nappa from flooding. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Nappa, CA, Feb. 1...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Yountville, CA, Feb. 14 2006 -- Floodwalls surround a town trailer park to mitigate flooding. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Yountville, CA, F...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Napa CA, Feb. 14, 2006 --  Mitigation specialist Barb Ellis meets with a Napa county flood victim. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Napa CA, Feb. 14,...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Yountville, CA, Feb. 14, 2006 - Town Engineer Myke Praul meets FEMA specialist Diane Earl to discuss his flooding plan for the town. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Yountville, CA, F...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Yountville, CA, Feb. 14, 2006 -- Public Works Director Myke Praul points out floodwalls to Nappa City engineers and mitigation specialist Diane Earl of FEMA. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Yountville, CA, F...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Napa, CA, Feb. 14, 2006 -- A homeowner retrofited their home with earthquake straps and bolts to prevent movement in the event of an earthquake. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Napa, CA, Feb. 14...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Napa, CA, Feb. 14 2006 -- This California resident raised their home ten feet to prevent, or mitigate, flooding. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Napa, CA, Feb. 14...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Yountville, CA, Feb. 14, 2006 -- Dennis Brown raised his home four feet to mitigate flooding in his neiborhood. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Yountville, CA, F...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Guerneville, CA -Feb. 15, 2006 - Spending less than 10,000 dollars to mitigate flooding along the russian river, homeowner Layla Donaldson elevated her home ten feet and avoided damage from recent flooding. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Guerneville, CA -...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] San Anselmo, CA, Feb 19, 2006 - A Marin County resident raises his home to avoid repetitive losses caused by flooding from a nearby creek. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] San Anselmo, CA, ...

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[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Manteca, CA, Feb 23, 2006- A home is raised twenty feet to mitigate flooding from the San Joaquin river. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Manteca, CA, Feb ...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, Miss., February 6, 2006 -- Electric storm shutters helped keep over 200 emergency personnel safe inside the Harrison County Courthouse during Hurricane Katrina.  The storm shutters had been installed in 2003, from funding obtained through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, Miss., February 6, 2006 -- Electric stor...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, March 4, 2006 - Located at the front entrance of Lowe's Home Improvement Center is FEMA's Mitigation Workshop Team prepared to greet customers and provide information on how to protect homes against future hurricanes.  FEMA, in partnership with several home improvement centers, offer these workshops at the stores, encouraging homeowners and contractors to rebuild hurricane damaged houses more resistant to hurricane forces.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, March 4, 2006 - Located at the fr...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Zachary, LA, March 3, 2006 - FEMA Hazard Mitigation Advisor, Wendy Phillips-Farmer, suggests a publication that would be helpful to this homeowner's needs in rebuilding his home from hurricane damages.  FEMA in partnership with Home Depot and other home improvement centers offer these workshops at the stores to provide information on how to protect homes against future disasters.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Zachary, LA, March 3, 2006 - FEMA Hazard Mitigatio...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Zachary, LA, March 3, 2006 - Homeowners question FEMA Hazard Mitigation Advisor, Alfonso Nava, about methods of elevating their house at a workshop offered by FEMA in partnership with Home Depot Home Improvement Center in Zachary.  The workshop is designed to provide information on how to protect homes against future disasters and how to rebuild properly with the best technical guidance and tested techniques.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Zachary, LA, March 3, 2006 - Homeowners question F...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, March 4, 2006 - (L-R) Karl Smith, Joe Sloan, National Flood Insurance Program Specialists and Leroy Ingram, Hazard Mitigation Advisor, compose a FEMA team reaching out to the public in a mitigation workshop located at Lowe's Home Improvement Center.  These workshops are designed to provide information on how to protect homes against future disasters.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, March 4, 2006 - (L-R) Karl Smith,...

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[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, March 8, 2006 - Eric Martin stands in front of his home in Gentilly holding a sketch of what his house will look like after elevation and repairs are completed.  He will elevate his house to 11' which is above the current base flood elevation.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, March 8, 2006 - Eric Martin stand...

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[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, March 8, 2006 - The level of flooding from Hurricane Katrina is evident by the yellow water line across the awning and pillars of this house in Gentilly.  The homeowner has coverage from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and is eligible for the Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) benefit since he lives in a high risk area and is elevating his home above the base flood elevation in compliance with the community's floodplain ordinance.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, March 8, 2006 - The level of floo...

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[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, March 8, 2006 - This house in Gentilly is in the process of being elevated above the base flood elevation adopted by the community in result of flooding from Hurricane Katrina.  The homeowner will raise the house a total of 11' and has received the Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) benefit included with his National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy because of his compliance to the community's floodplain management ordinance.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, March 8, 2006 - This house in Gen...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., March 9, 2006 -- Christopher Schroeer-Heiermann, a consultant to FEMA's mitigation and long term recovery programs works at his desk in the Biloxi Joint Field Office (JFO).  Mr. Schroeer-Heiermann, a resident of Germany and an expert on smart rebuilding, planning and materials, is helping FEMA determine the future rebuilding needs of the Mississippi gulf coast.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., March 9, 2006 -- Christopher Schroe...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., March 9, 2006 -- FEMA Mitigation Branch Director Todd Davison (right) is interviewed by a correspondent from PBS's Newshour.  FEMA promotes rebuilding better and stronger to mitigate against hurricanes and other natural disasters.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., March 9, 2006 -- FEMA Mitigation Br...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Harrison County, Miss., March 25, 2006 -- The house of Ivy and Skipper Palmer was elevated in 2002 to mitigate against flooding.  FEMA encourages people to build better, stronger and smarter to reduce damages due to natural disasters.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Harrison County, Miss., March 25, 2006 -- The hous...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Harrison County, Miss., March 25, 2006 -- Ivy and Skipper Palmer outside of their elevated house.  The Palmer's mitigated their house against flooding in 2002 and avoided flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Harrison County, Miss., March 25, 2006 -- Ivy and ...

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[Hurricane Katrina] Bay St. Louis, Miss., March 27, 2006 -- The house of John and Allison Anderson in Bay St. Louis was built using Best Mitigation Practices and survived Hurricane Katrina when other nearby houses did not.  FEMA encourages people to build better, stronger and smarter to reduce damages due to natural disasters.  Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Bay St. Louis, Miss., March 27, 2006 -- The house ...

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