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Hazard Mitigation Planning

The Commission assists counties and local governments in preparing hazard mitigation plans aimed at minimizing the impact of disasters.

Hazard Mitigation Planning

Hazard mitigation plans fulfill requirements by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), assuring communities are eligible to apply for federal funding for hazard mitigation projects. Hazard mitigation projects help communities reduce the loss of life and property by minimizing the impact of natural disasters.


Mitigation Strategies

Hazard mitigation plans are focused on natural weather-related hazards, including flooding, coastal bluff failure, tornadoes, thunderstorms, extreme temperature events, and severe winter storms. After identifying these risks, the plans include long-term and equitable strategies for protecting people and property from similar events.

Mitigation strategies may include floodplain protection, structure acquisition or buyouts, dam inspections, installation of community safe rooms, critical infrastructure protection, green infrastructure (or nature-based solutions), and warning systems to protect people and property from natural hazard events, along with accessible community outreach and education for all residents and communities throughout a county.


Current Planning Efforts

The Commission is currently assisting Milwaukee, Racine, and Washington Counties in preparing or updating their hazard mitigation plans. Hazard planning efforts were also recently completed for the City of Milwaukee, Kenosha County, Ozaukee County, and Fox (Illinois) River Watershed.


Milwaukee County Plan Update

Racine County Plan Update

Washington County Plan Update

Hazard Mitigation Comments

Use the comment box below to submit comments or questions about any current hazard mitigation planning effort.