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What is a Local Mitigation Strategy?

The Polk County Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is a multijurisdictional plan that identifies the hazards threatening Polk County and provides an assessment of the relative level of risk the hazards pose.  The LMS is developed to provide residents and businesses with information about the risks they could possibly face while in Polk County, such as floods, wildfires, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hurricanes.  The guide also outlines short and long-term mitigation goals and objectives and includes a number of proposed projects to minimize vulnerability to these hazards.  The purpose of the LMS is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property from disasters.  Section 322 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) as enacted under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires the adoption of LMS plans in order for jurisdictions to be eligible for federal hazard mitigation grants.

Fog and wildfire January 9, 2008; Photo Credit: Skip O’Rourke, Tampa Bay Times

Fog and wildfire January 9, 2008; Photo Credit: Skip O’Rourke, Tampa Bay Times