Bring Back Project Impact
Former FEMA Director James Lee Witt created Project Impact in 1997 with the goal to create “disaster resilient communities”. Overall the program was considered a resounding success; not only did it help communities become more disaster resilient, but it also was a success at “bringing people from diverse sectors of the community together to address mitigation issues”. Some say that the program was the reason that damage and injuries were minimal following the Seattle earthquake in early 2001. It was eliminated due to budget cuts in either 2001 or 2002.