Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Mitigating hazard impacts on existing development within the City, and working to ensure that future development is conducted in a way that doesn't increase our vulnerability, is best done by having good plans, policies, and procedures in place. Hazard mitigation techniques include prevention, property protection, natural resource protection, structural projects, emergency services, and public education and awareness.
Section 322 of the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires local governments to develop an all-hazards mitigation plan in order to be eligible to receive future Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funds and other disaster-related assistance funding, and requires the plan be updated and adopted within a five year cycle.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan is intended to promote sound public policy designed to protect citizens, critical facilities, infrastructure, private property, and the natural environment. This can be achieved by increasing public awareness, documenting resources for risk reduction and loss-prevention, and identifying activities to guide the City towards the development of a safer, more sustainable community. To view the current SENC Hazard Mitigation Plan, adopted in 2021, please click the link below: