Hazard mitigation is any action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards, such as floods, severe winds, wildfires, structural fires, and infrastructure failures. WMSRDC is active in hazard mitigation because virtually every aspect of community and regional planning can be impacted by a disaster. WMSRDC is dedicated to enhancing the resilience of the region by studying the known hazards, researching measures that can be taken to reduce or eliminate their effects, and working with local stakeholders to take action.
WMSRDC’s background in hazard mitigation planning dates back to the early 2000’s, subsequent to Federal legislation requiring communities to have hazard mitigation plans in place in order to receive certain types of Hazard Mitigation Assistance. Hazard mitigation plans created by WMSRDC are well-respected at state and federal levels of government, and are consistently regarded as being some of the best in Michigan.
WMSRDC has recently received a FEMA grant to update hazard mitigation plans for the counties of Lake, Mason, and Oceana. This page will be updated as the process of developing these plans moves forward.