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Mitigation Planning: ACornerstone for Disaster ResilientCommunitiesRoxanne GrayWisconsin Emergency ManagementWAPA/WI-ASLA ASLA 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCEMarch 5, 2010

What is Mitigation?• Mitigation is any actiontaken to eliminate orreduce the long-term riskto human life andproperty from natural andtechnological hazards

Break the Cycle• Mitigation is one of thephases of emergencymanagement(preparedness, responseand recovery)• Can occur in any phase• Only phase that breaksthe cycle– Damage, repair,damage

Mitigation Examples• Structural (dams,retention ponds,levees)• Land-use planning• Stronger buildingcodes• Removing persons outof harms way

Why Mitigation?• $140 Billion in the last25 years inresponding todisasters• $6 Billion per year inflood damages• Costs continue to rise• People continue tobuild and live in high-risk areas

Here in Wisconsin• $3 billion in Disaster-related related damages last3 decades• 12 Federal Disaster Declarations in the90’s compared to 6 in the 80’s• 2000, 2001,two in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008plus 2 snow emergencies

2008 Floods• 31 counties declared• $763,618,860 + indamages• Over 40,000 applied forIndividual Assistance withover $55 milliondisbursed• Nearly 2,000 SBA low-interest disaster loans forover $46 million


Public Assistance• Estimated $78 millionin eligible damages topublic infrastructuretand emergencyresponse costs• 824 applicants (localand stategovernments andPNPs) for assistance

Hazard Mitigation• $30.9 million• Acquisition anddemolition of 218propertiespopetes• Hazard MitigationPlans

For every dollar spent on mitigation, $4 issaved in future damages.(Per the National Institute of Building Sciences -2005)

Why Plan?• Disasters cost too much• State/Federal aidinsufficient• Can prevent damages• Less impact and speedresponse and recoveryprocess• Mitigation happens at thelocal level

Benefits• Protect the health/safety of citizens• Preserve or expand tax base• Attract or retain business/industry• Revitalize a depressed area

• Enhance recreationand tourism• IncreaseCommunity Pride &improve quality oflife• Save Tax Dollars

DMA2K• Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000• PL 106-390 signed into law 10/30/00• Establish a national disaster hazardmitigation program– Section 203 – Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program– Section 322 – Mitigation PlanningRequirement

Vision• To reduce disaster losses thru pre-disastermitigation planning by pre-identifying,cost-effective mitigation.• Mitigation tgato pa planning would oudt then streamlineeand speed up the recovery process

Mitigation Planning• Describe actions tomitigate hazards,risks, andvulnerabilities• Establish strategy toimplement thoseactions• Pre-identify projectsto ensurecomprehensive,integrated approachto hazard reduction

State Plan Requirement• “Standard” Plan Criteria(44 CFR Part 201.4)• “Enhanced” Plan Criteria(44 CFR Part 201.5)– Demonstrate StateCapabilities– Additional 5% HMGPFunding• Update required every 3years

Local Planning Options• Stand alone plan• Countywide, multi-jurisdictional,watershed, regional• Integrate t into otherplanning –ComprehensivePlanning (SmartGrowth)

Local/Tribal Mitigation Plan Criteria• Local Planning – 44 CFR Part 201.6• Tribal Planning – 44 CFR Part 201.7• Components– Planning Process– Risk Assessment– Mitigation Strategy– Plan Maintenance Process– Plan Adoption– Plan Review

The Planning Process• Describes and documents the planningprocess (who, what, when)• Review existing plans, studies, and laws• Engage the public• Basic demographics• Description i of land uses and developmenttrends

Risk Assessment• Description, location,and extent of hazards• Past events• Probability of futureevents• Type and number ofstructures t at risk• Potential losses• Potential impacts

Mitigation Goals and Strategies• Long-term goals• Objectives• Mitigation actions(measures) andprojects that willreduce risk for eachidentified hazard• Action plan forimplementing theidentified actions

Plan Review, Maintenance, andAdoption Process• Monitoring, evaluation, and updating theplan every 5 years• Incorporation into existing planningmechanismss• Continued public participation• Plan adoption• Plan is reviewed by the State, certified,and sent to FEMA for approval.

Comprehensive Planning• Issues andOpportunities• Housing• Transportation• Utilities andCommunity Facilities• Agricultural, Natural,and CulturalResources• EconomicDevelopment• IntergovernmentalCooperation• Land Use• Implementation

Planning Deadlines• Must have an approved All HazardsMitigation Plan to receive certain FEMAassistance• Local Plans have to be reviewed, e ed, updated,and re-approved every 5 years• State Plan every 3 years

Resources• andclick on “hazard mitigation”•••

Contact InformationRoxanne GrayState Hazard Mitigation OfficerWisconsin Emergency ManagementRoxanne.gray@Wisconsin.govi608-242-3211


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