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Materials for Review

Goals and Objectives

As part of the LMS Plan Update process, the LMS Working Group reviewed the goals and objectives in the existing LMS.  The review ensures that the previously identified goals and objectives remain current, accurate, and best represent the needs of the community.  As a result of this review, the LMS Working Group recommends amending the Goals and Objectives to make them more concise and to provide for increased education and information dissemination.

Each of the Goals and Objectives included below represent a broad target for the County, the jurisdictions, and partners to achieve through the implementation of the LMS mitigation plan.  The intent of these Goals and Objectives is to reduce or avoid long-term vulnerabilities to the identified hazards.  The Goals and Objectives represent what the community seeks to achieve through implementation of its mitigation plan.

Current Goals and Objectives

Proposed Goals and Objectives

Mitigation Actions

A mitigation action is a specific action, project, activity, or process taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from the impacts or vulnerabilities identified in the risk assessment, not on the hazards themselves.  Implementing mitigation actions helps achieve the LMS’s Goals and Objectives.  All mitigation actions must address an identified hazard and risk.  The mitigation action must be tied to the Goals and Objectives.

The primary types of mitigation actions to reduce long-term vulnerability are:

  • Local plans and regulations;
  • Structural projects;
  • Natural systems protection;
  • Education programs; and
  • Preparedness and response actions

Eligible types of projects shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • New construction activities that will result in protection from hazards;
  • Retrofitting of existing facilities that will result in increased protection from hazards;
  • Elevation of flood prone structures;
  • Vegetative management/soil stabilization;
  • Infrastructure protection measures;
  • Stormwater management/flood control projects;
  • Property acquisition or relocation; and
  • Plans that identify and analyze mitigation problems and include funded, scheduled programs for implementing solutions.

Each participant and the LMS Working Group is reviewing and updating the current mitigation project list to determine the status of each action on the list.

Current Mitigation Project List (all)

Projects List by Jurisdiction

The LMS Working Group is currently accepting proposals for mitigation actions.  To submit a proposal, the attached form must be completed and submitted to paulwomble@polkfl.com by February 9, 2015.

Mitigation Action Submittal Form

Cost-Benefit Review – STAPLEE

Since it is often impossible for entities to implement all mitigation actions identified in the LMS due to monetary and other limitations, the LMS Working Group is responsible for prioritizing the proposed mitigation actions.  FEMA requires mitigation plans to have a plan including prioritization with special emphasis on maximization of benefits over costs because selecting the most cost-effective actions to implement first, not only utilizes resources efficiently, but also makes a realistic start toward mitigation.  A cost-benefit review considers the benefits that would result from a mitigation action versus the cost.  It is a planning level assessment of whether the costs are reasonable compared to the probable benefits.

The Polk County LMS utilizes the Social, Technical, Administrative, Political, Legal, Economic, and Environmental (STAPLEE) cost benefit review method.  FEMA developed the STAPLEE method and criterion and the LMS Working Group amended the criterion and weighting to address issues specific to the County. These amended criteria require the LMS Working Group to assess each mitigation activity based on the STAPLEE constraints and opportunities of implementing the particular mitigation item in the community.  As part of the LMS Update process, the LMS Working Group reviewed the STAPLEE system and recommended the addition of criterion.  The LMS Working Group will utilize the STAPLEE form to review each proposed mitigation action at an upcoming Working Group meeting.  This results of this review will establish the prioritization of the proposed mitigation actions.

Proposed STAPLEE Evaluation Form


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