Hazard Mitigation Planning

CURRENT PLANNING PHASE: Drafting 2020 County and Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plans for Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Ontonagon Counties and Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

What is the Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP)?

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. It is most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan. State, tribal, and local governments engage in hazard mitigation planning to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters, and human-caused events, and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events. Mitigation plans are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.

Developing hazard mitigation plans enables us to:

  • Increase education and awareness around threats, hazards, and vulnerabilities;
  • Build partnerships for risk reduction involving government, organizations, businesses, and the public;
  • Identify long-term, broadly-supported strategies for risk reduction;
    Align risk reduction with other state, tribal, or community objectives;
    Identify implementation approaches that focus resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities; and
  • Communicate priorities to potential sources of funding.

Moreover, a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan is a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. Ultimately, hazard mitigation planning enables action to reduce loss of life and property, lessening the impact of disasters.

When can I provide input to the plan?

A community survey will be released in June/July 2019 to allow for input from the public. Once the drafts are finished there will also be a public comment period. If you have any questions, feel free to  email rpressley@wuppdr.org or calling our office at 906.482.7205 and speaking with Rachael Pressley (Assistant Regional Planner and Project Coordinator).

Where can I get more information?

Check out the Michigan Emergency Management and Homeland Security website at https://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-72297_60152—,00.html or the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) website at www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-planning

What is WUPPDR’s previous experience with Hazard Mitigation Planning? 

WUPPDR has twice prepared five-year multi-jurisdiction multi-hazard mitigation plans for each county in the region. The most recent plans developed were five-year updates covering the years 2013 to 2018.  The plans examined a variety of natural (including weather) and human-created hazards and identify strategies and actions to prevent or reduce the severity of future hazard impacts.

The plans are intended to satisfy the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and 44 CFR 201.6. They are required to be in place in order for the counties and their participating local jurisdictions to be eligible for funding under the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Projects that may be funded range from flood supression structures to drainage improvements to security and monitoring systems. All local units of government participated in development of the plans, but adoption by jurisdictions other than the counties is optional.

Baraga County 2013-2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan
Gogebic County 2013-2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan and City of Ironwood Flood Mitigation Annex
Houghton County 2013-2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan
Iron County 2013-2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan
Keweenaw County 2013-2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan
Ontonagon County 2013-2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan