Local government has the responsibility to protect the life, health and welfare of its community members and residents. In order to achieve this, it must be proactive in identifying the threats and risks the community is susceptible to and developing strategies to mitigate the impacts of those threats and hazards.
Mitigation is defined is the effort to reduce or eliminate loss of property by lessening the impacts of disasters. In order for mitigation to be successful, action must be taken before the next disaster in order to reduce the human and financial loss.
Studies show that $1 spent on mitigation now will save $4 in the future.
FEMA asks local governments to update their Local Mitigation Strategy planning document every five years to develop ways to mitigate the threats and risks that the community may face in the event of an emergency.
This is your opportunity to provide input on this important planning document. Take a few minutes to share your thoughts on a short survey here.