What is a hazard mitigation plan?
The term “hazard mitigation” describes actions that can help reduce or eliminate long-term risks caused by hazards such as floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Hazard mitigation is best accomplished when based on a comprehensive, long-term plan developed before a disaster strikes. As the costs of disasters continue to rise, governments and citizens must find ways to reduce hazard risks to communities. Recent cost-benefit studies have proven mitigation to be cost effective for communities, with mitigation projects on average returning $6 for every $1 spent.
For example, the 2018 State of Montana Hazard Mitigation Plan can be found HERE