Disaster Mitigation

Hazard Mitigation Planning Services

Hazard mitigation is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards. Identifying hazards and how they impact vulnerable populations and structures is vital to response to and recovery from future disasters. State, tribal, and local governments are required to develop hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance. In addition, understanding where critical facilities and infrastructure are located, in relation to past disasters, provides valuable information for identifying mitigation projects that can lessen or eliminate those impacts.

Adjusters International hazard mitigation planners work with states, counties, and local jurisdictions following a proven planning process:

  1. Organize Resources
    1. Key stakeholder coordination
    2. Integrate with other planning efforts
    3. Develop planning process
  2. Assess Risks
    1. Identify hazards
    2. Map hazards
    3. Analyze vulnerabilities and impacts
  3. Develop the Mitigation Plan
    1. Identify goals and objectives
    2. Identify and analyze mitigation actions
    3. Prioritize projects
  4. Implement the Mitigation Plan
    1. Gain plan approval
    2. Adopt plan
    3. Publish plan
  5. Monitor Progress and Maintain the Mitigation Plan
    1. Incorporate into other planning mechanisms
    2. Annual review and evaluation
    3. Three- or five-year update (state/local)

Mitigation plans form the foundation for each community’s long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. Our team understands that the planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates the relationships and framework for risk-based decision making to eliminate damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.