Local Mitigation Strategy

Local mitigation plans identify the natural hazards that may affect a single or multiple local jurisdictions, such as a town, city, or county. Plans assess risks and vulnerabilities, identify actions to reduce losses from those hazards identified, and establish a coordinated process to implement the plan using a wide range of public and private investments. 

FEMA requires local governments to develop and adopt such hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. Jurisdictions must update their hazard mitigation plans and re-submit them for FEMA approval every five years to maintain eligibility. 

FDEM’s Mitigation Planning Unit provides technical assistance as counties update their LMS plans and reviews and approves LMS plans and coordinates with FEMA.

The Mitigation Planning Unit has developed a Florida Review Tool for a county to complete during the plan update process, as well as an LMS Update Manual to provide specific guidance during the plan update process. Those resources can be found by clicking the link below.

  • G-393: Mitigation for Emergency Managers
  • G-318: Mitigation Planning for Local Governments
  • FL-391: LMS Update Manual

Please see SERT Trac for upcoming trainings in your area. The Mitigation Planning Unit is available to conduct these trainings upon request, as scheduling allows.

Laura Waterman
Mitigation Planning Unit
850-815-4512

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