Hazard mitigation reduces disaster damages and is defined as sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Outreach programs that increase risk awareness, projects to protect critical facilities, and the removal of structures from flood hazard areas are all examples of mitigation actions. Local mitigation actions and concepts can also be incorporated into land use plans and building codes. Local governments have the responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens. Proactive mitigation policies and actions help reduce risk and create safer, more disaster resilient communities. Mitigation is an investment in a community's future safety and sustainability. Consider the critical importance of mitigation to:
Hazard Mitigation Planning
Mitigation is most effective when it is based on a comprehensive, long-term plan that is developed before a disaster occurs. The purpose of mitigation planning is to identify local policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses from hazards. These mitigation policies and actions are identified based on an assessment of hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks and the participation of a wide range of stakeholders and the public in the planning process. Benefits of mitigation planning include:
Communities included in the current Old Colony Hazard Mitigation Plan include:
For more information on the Hazard Mitigation Plan, or any questions or comments you may have, feel free to contact Charles Kilmer, AICP, Assistant Director/Transportation Program Manager at OCPC. Charles can be also be reached at 508-583-1833 x206.
Hazard Mitigation Grants
Hazard mitigation assistance programs are available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Information about these grant programs is available in this factsheet.
The following links provide additional information on Hazard Mitigation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)