Hazard Mitigation Plans:  What They Are & What They Do For You

A hazard mitigation plan determines how to reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property damage resulting from natural and human-caused hazards.  This is done in the plan by identifying mitigation actions that are specific to each community.  Examples of mitigation actions are:
  • Tornado safe rooms
  • Storm sewer installation/improvements to reduce/eliminate flash flooding
  • Burying overhead electrical lines
a hazard mitigation plan, once it is approved by FEMA and adopted by the city, a city would be able to apply for hazard mitigation grant money for any projects that are listed in the hazard mitigation plan.  

WITHOUT a hazard mitigation plan, the community will not be able to apply for any funding that requires a hazard mitigation plan. If the community is affected by a hazard, such as flooding,  and does not have a hazard mitigtion plan, FEMA will still step in and help.

Hazard mitigation plans have a life-span of 5 years once they are approved by FEMA and adopted by the community.  After that 5 year time period, the       
hazard mitigation plan will need to be updated and resubmitted to FEMA for approval.  

If you have any questions about Hazard Mitigation Plans, please contact Stacy Lentsch by phone at (515) 576-7183, ext. 214 or by email at slentsch@midascog.net; or Maggie Carlin by phone at (515)576-7183, ext. 213 or by email at mcarlin@midascog.net. 

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