A message from Dan Hardgrove, Mitigation Subcommittee Chair:
Mitigation – Sustained actions that reduce or eliminate risk to people and property from natural hazards and their affect.
The mitigation phase of emergency management differs from the other phases because it focuses on long-term measures for eliminating or reducing risk. The objective of mitigation is to assess risks in order to identify and evaluate hazards, then pursue measures to prevent hazards from developing into disasters or to minimize the effects of disasters once they occur.
Mitigation measures can be structural or non-structural. Public Works agencies play a fundamental role in the structural measures of mitigation by developing an assurance of resilience for infrastructure when disaster strikes, such as the design and construction of flood levees. Likewise, we as a Public Works professionals need to become more vocal and involved in the non-structural measures of mitigation including legislation, land-use planning, and insurance.
It is the Mitigation Subcommittee’ objective to serve as the clearinghouse and advocate for the Public Works community on Mitigation matters. The goals that we have established for the near term are:
‐ Public Works as a First Responder
‐ National Flood Insurance Program: Flood Insurance, Flood Map Modernizations, Risk Mapping
‐ Levee Safety
‐ Stafford Act/Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000
‐ Pre Disaster Mitigation Program
‐ Climate Change and Adaptation
Mitigation Subcommittee Meeting Summaries are availble via the link to the right.