The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines hazard mitigation as “Any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards.” It has been demonstrated that hazard mitigation is most effective when based on an inclusive, comprehensive, long-term plan that is developed before a disaster occurs.
The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000), for the first time, required state and local governments to prepare and adopt hazard mitigation plans approved by FEMA as a condition of eligibility for receiving hazard mitigation grants under several programs. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) relies on a partnership with regional planning commissions throughout the state to help local jurisdictions develop and adopt countywide, multi-jurisdictional, multi-hazard mitigation plans. Mitigation activities may be implemented prior to, during, or after an incident. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires that all counties have an adopted All-Hazards Mitigation Plan in place to be eligible for any federal hazard mitigation funds. Missouri SEMA has partnered with Missouri’s Regional Planning Commissions to facilitate the creation of these plans for Missouri’s counties. As a result of this partnership, nearly all of Missouri’s counties are now covered by a Hazard Mitigation Plan.
For more information please contact Jennifer Wyckoff at (660) 359 – 5636 ext. 22.
All Hazard Mitigation Plans in the Green Hills Region: