What is a Local Mitigation Strategy?

What is a Local Mitigation Strategy? Why is it important to me?

A Local Mitigation Strategy is the result of a planning process to identify natural hazards, develop strategies to reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property damage resulting from these hazards, and educate community members about these hazards and loss reduction strategies. This planning process is structured around the four phases of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. Having an adopted Local Mitigation Strategy ensures a community is eligible for federal disaster funding. It is important for citizens to become involved in mitigation planning in their community. The planning team needs your input on the types of hazards that are your priority concern and your opinion on ways to prevent or lessen the impacts of hazards.

What hazards are included in the plan?

  • Hurricanes & Coastal Hazards
  • Flooding
  • Severe Storms & Tornadoes (Inc. Water Spouts)
  • Climate Change & Sea Level Rise
  • Drought
  • Wildfire
  • Excessive Heat
  • Coastal Erosion

What can I do to participate?

  • Visit the website. This website contains announcements for upcoming meetings, minutes and presentations from past planning meetings, information on the identified hazards, draft planning documents for review, a public survey, and more.
  • Take the survey. A public outreach survey is available here, or in hard copy format. Please complete a survey to ensure your opinion is captured!
  • Send us information or comments. If you have information to share for inclusion in the plan, you can contact the planning consultants at david.stroud@woodplc.com and abigail.moore@woodplc.com. Additionally, prior to being submitted to FEMA, the draft plan will be available for public review. You can provide comments on draft documents via the contact form here.