The Hazard Mitigation Planning Process is a hands-on process for municipalities, counties, state governments, and private enterprises to reduce disasters’ effects by identifying and understanding hazards and developing ways to decrease their impact. It helps groups better understand the natural hazards an area faces, develop sustainable, disaster-resistant communities, be eligible for funding, disaster relief, and reduce long-term impacts and damages to people and structures, and repair costs.
Risk assessments rate hazards with the most significant potential impact on a particular geographic area. Also, long-term prevention or protection steps are developed to lessen the effects of the hazard. This plan creates awareness of hazards, threats, and vulnerabilities within the community, paving a path forward for entities to prepare for local disasters.