What is Mitigation

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


Who will be involved?

The planning process will be a collaborative effort between local, tribal, state, and federal entities. Montana DES will be assisting with coordination and communication on the project, working closely with county and tribal emergency management coordinators and local planning committees. The public will have opportunities to engage during the planning process and before the plan is finalized.

Who's Involved

How you can participate:

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