Mitigation is defined as any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards. The purpose of mitigation is two-fold: to protect people and property and to minimize the costs of disaster response and recovery. Mitigation activities include planning and zoning, structural and non-structural retrofitting, and acquisition or relocation of floodprone property.
Mitigation planning is the process of identifying the hazards that affect your community and developing a strategy to mitigate those hazards. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K) makes mitigation plans for state and local governments a requirement to become eligible for funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
For more information on mitigation planning, please visit the following sites or contact the State Hazard Mitigation Officer at (803) 737-8500.