For my final project in my Mitigation and Preparedness Issues for Emergency Management class, I had to propose a hazard mitigation plan for my community… I got a perfect score on mine 🙂
Disaster response and recovery cost the state of Wisconsin millions of dollars each year. By utilizing hazard mitigation activities which would help to lessen the impact that these hazards have and thereby reduce costs. Hazard mitigation would also have a positive impact on the community as a whole; allowing the community to be better prepared to respond and recover in the face of a disaster. The purpose of this plan is to identify Wisconsin’s major hazards, complete a risk assessment and vulnerability of area for the potential for each type of hazard, and ultimately recommend any actions deemed necessary to mitigate the occurrences of such hazards (Wisconsin Emergency Management, October 2011).
The Hazard Mitigation plan which follows has been created in order to serve as a foundation for the City of River Falls to follow in order to minimize any impact that potential hazards may have on the community, environment or economy. The plan will also assist in enhancing the public’s hazard mitigation education about preparedness and resilience and will serve to expand the public’s awareness of natural and man-made hazards (Wisconsin Emergency Management, October 2011).
In order to encourage the continued use of the hazard mitigation plan and subsequent implementation of said plan, support will be coordinated amongst federal, state and local authorities as well as non-governmental agencies in regards to enacting hazard mitigation activities in order to improve disaster resistance of the buildings, structures and infrastructure through renovation, expansion, or construction (Wisconsin Emergency Management, October 2011).
The City of River Falls acknowledges that natural and man-made hazards can be a major threat to society, endangering both people and property and with this in mind, will take steps to mitigate the possibilities of such hazards by adopting an all hazards mitigation plan as is required by the federal government in order to secure future funding for any mitigation projects (Holst, Jeffrey A. & Pierce County Board of Supervisors, May 28, 2013).
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