Hazard mitigation is an action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural and man-made hazards. State, tribal, and local governments engage in hazard mitigation planning to identify risks and vulnerabilities, and to develop long-term strategies designed to reduce the risk from future hazard events. In 2000, the federal government passed the Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA 2000), establishing requirements for local governments to receive grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Beyond the financial incentive, a hazard mitigation plan includes detailed information on the specific hazards facing a city, an evaluation of affected communities within a city, and future actions that can be taken to reduce the overall risk within the city.
The following natural hazards were analyzed for the Denver Hazard Mitigation Plan:
Public outreach and engagement are key components of the planning process. Listed below are a few ways that you can get involved.
Failure is costly during emergencies. At its most basic level, being prepared means having a solid plan and access to the resources necessary to execute that plan. It’s also about peace of mind. Because when communities, families, and individuals are prepared, the fear, anxiety and loss that accompany a disaster are greatly reduced.
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