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About Hazard mitigation planning

Hazard Mitigation Planning Begins the Process

The process of reducing or eliminating the long-term risks to human life and property from natural and human-caused and technological hazards begins with hazard mitigation planning. 

Why Plan for Hazard Mitigation?

Hazard mitigation planning evaluates a range of measures to lessen or mitigate the impacts of future disasters and selects those measures which can most effectively meet the unique needs of each community.  For example, a community could choose to construct a storm shelter to reduce the potential loss of life in the event of a tornado.  Through a comprehensive planning process and risk assessment,  the plan creates a unified approach among communities for dealing with identified hazards and associated risk issues.  It serves as a guide for local governments in their ongoing efforts to reduce community vulnerabilities. 

What is Hazard Mitigation? 

Hazard mitigation is any action taken to permanently reduce or eliminate long-term risks to people and their property from the effects of both natural and man-made or technological hazards:  tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, severe storms, winter freezes, wildfires, heat waves and droughts, landslides, land subsidence, earthquakes, dam failures resulting from natural disaster crises and man-made hazards resulting from technological or human-caused crises.  Communities can take steps to prepare and implement mitigation measures for almost any type of threatening hazard.