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What is Hazard Mitigation?

The occurrence of disasters from natural and man-made hazards that affect our area is a part of life.  All hazards have the potential to cause property loss, loss of life, economic hardship, and threats to public health and safety.  An important part of emergency management involves hazard mitigation.  Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce or eliminate the risk of injury and damage, to both people and property, against the potential disaster events that these hazards can create.  This mitigation may take the form of construction type projects, policy adjustments, or educational outreach programs to our community and our citizens.  The Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is a hazard mitigation plan that describes the hazards that can occur in the community and then presents actions and projects to reduce key risks.

Fuel Tanker and Train Collision near Bartow on March 7, 2012; Photo Credit: MyNews13.com

Fuel Tanker and Train Collision near Bartow on March 7, 2012; Photo Credit: MyNews13.com