Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce property damage, loss of life, or otherwise minimize or eliminate the impact of hazards. These actions include planning, policy and regulation changes, educational programs, infrastructure projects and other activities. Mitigation actions are most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan.

All local governments that wish to be eligible for FEMA mitigation grant funding are required by the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to adopt a local multi-hazard mitigation plan. For a community to maintain eligibility each plan must be updated every five years.

KLJ works with public officials and county residents, as well as researching regional and national data sources to identify the level of risk for a variety of hazards which may affect the county. After completing the risk assessment, mitigation strategies are developed in consultation with a Planning Team. The mitigation strategies come from identifying best practices that will reduce local hazard impacts, determining capacity of local communities to support the strategies, and assigning responsibilities for implementing the strategies.

Public participation is very important to the planning process. A public survey is available on this website during the early stages of the project. Public meeting announcements and materials added to this website are sent to everyone that joins the mailing list. Public meetings are also advertised in local media outlets. Click on the Submit Comments button above to ask questions or submit comments, and click on the Request Updates button above to email a request to receive project update.