Brevard County Emergency Management Mitigation
In mitigation, you can take sustained actions to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects. Since mitigation involves reducing risk, it can occur before or after an emergency, when plans are put into action to minimize or eliminate damage.
Cost-effective mitigation measures are the key to reducing disaster losses in the long term. In hazard-prone areas, mitigation can break the cycle of having to rebuild and rebuild again with every recurrence. There is also a need for planning to take advantage of mitigation opportunities in the aftermath of an emergency or disaster, when hazard awareness is high, funds may become available, and disruption of the status quo makes it possible to rethink design and location of some facilities and infrastructure. Attention to mitigation opportunities can make safer communities for us all.
In the spring of 1998, the Florida Department of Community Affairs initiated a program to assist local government in developing plans to reduce or eliminate risks to people and property from natural and man-made hazards known as the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS).
The primary objective of the Local Mitigation Strategy is to remove, if possible, or otherwise to limit the losses of life and property due to a disaster. In 1998, Brevard County created an LMS Taskforce called Brevard Prepares. Brevard Prepares is composed of a number of local government agencies, businesses, community organizations, and institutions. Brevard Prepares, supported by Brevard County Emergency Management, has been responsible for developing all work products for the Local Mitigation Strategy including the development of a set of guiding principles, identification of potential hazards affecting the community; identification of people and infrastructure which are vulnerable to hazards; identification of critical facilities which are necessary for maintaining health, safety and welfare of residents before, during, and after a catastrophic event; and the development of a prioritized list of pre- and post-hazard mitigation initiatives (projects) eligible for funding. The Local Mitigation Strategy is intended to provide one unified program for Brevard County and its incorporated municipalities.
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