Hazard Mitigation is a sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards. The purpose of mitigation planning is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long-term to reduce risk and future losses. Mitigation Plans form the foundation for a community’s long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making, which leads to reduced damage to lives, property and the economy in the event of future disasters.
Region Nine is considered an expert in Hazard Mitigation Planning, through multiple contracts with Blue Earth, Fillmore, Martin, Waseca and Watonwan Counties. The Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management collaborate with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that each county and/jurisdiction have active Hazard Mitigation Plans. FEMA requires that all Hazard Mitigation Plans be updated within a 5-year period.