Hazard mitigation planning is a process that state, tribal and local governments use to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural and human-caused hazards (tornadoes, floods, cyber-attacks, etc.), and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future events. Developed with community, stakeholder, and public input, state, tribal, and local governments use these plans to help break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage.
What's happening now
Arapahoe County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan to assess a variety of natural and human-caused hazards that may affect residents and businesses. This project involves identifying local mitigation actions that, used over time, reduce risk and future losses from disasters. Throughout the planning process, the county looks forward to engaging our partner jurisdictions, municipalities and residents.
Why should you care?
Arapahoe County is committed to reducing the risks and vulnerabilities of the county and its residents to the impacts of hazards. Hazard mitigation planning offers many benefits, including:
- Saving lives and property
- Saving money
- Ensuring quick and effective recovery following disasters
- Reducing future vulnerability through wise development and post-disaster recovery and reconstruction
- Enhancing coordination within and across participating jurisdictions
- Eligibility for the receipt of pre-disaster and post-disaster grant funding
- Demonstrating a firm commitment to improving community health and safety