Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why a Pre-disaster Mitigation Plan website?

This website was developed as a way to disseminate information on the pre-disaster mitigation project.  Included in this website are meeting agendas, meeting notes, PDM Planning Team contact list, Advisory Committee members and draft mitigation strategies.  Draft versions of the campus PDM Plan are included so stakeholders could download the document for review purposes.  Reference Materials such as relevant FEMA documents and county disaster plans are also available on this website.

What is natural hazard mitigation?

Natural hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long term risk to human life and property from natural hazards.  A Natural Hazard Pre-disaster Mitigation Plan systematically identifies potential hazards and sets goals for implementation over the long-term that will result in a reduction in risk and minimize future losses community-wide.  Mitigation is an integral aspect of long-range community planning and emergency management.

What are the benefits of mitigation planning?

  • Saves lives and reduces property damage
  • Protects critical community facilities
  • Reduces long-term hazard vulnerability
  • Contributes to sustainable communities
  • Sustainable development fosters environmentally sound, economically viable, and disaster resistant communities.

What is the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000?

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2000) established new requirements for the national post-disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  All localities must have a Hazard Mitigation Plan in place in order to be eligible for HMGP funding.  DMA2000 is intended to facilitate cooperation between state and local authorities on risk reduction measures and to expedite funding allocation.

What are examples of mitigation measures?

Mitigation measures include:

  •  Prevention

     Planning and zoning, building codes, storm water management, fire fuel reduction

  • Property protection

     Acquisition, relocation, floodproofing, retrofits for high winds

  • Public education and awareness

     Outreach, real estate disclosure, school age and adult education

  • Natural resource protection

     Erosion and sediment control, wetlands preservation, vegetative management

  • Emergency services

     Hazard warning systems, protection of critical facilities

  • Structural projects

     Dams, levees, retaining walls, storm sewers, retrofitted buildings