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Hazard Mitigation is the effort to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.
Through projects, programs, and policies the City of Garland is constantly creating ways to protect the City from hazards and recover from disasters quickly. Hazard mitigation creates safer communities by reducing the loss of life and property damage. When the Hazard Mitigation Action Plan (HazMAP) is complete, it will include a list of specific actions and goals for city departments within the next five years. These actions will lessen the impact of hazards on individuals and our community. HazMAP also includes information that the public can use to prepare themselves for hazards.
Readiness is a partnership, and you play an important role in making sure hazards don’t become disasters. Another partner is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who requires local jurisdictions to revise their HazMAP and obtain federal approval every five years in order to remain eligible for mitigation grant funding. Garland’s plan is up for renewal in 2017. FEMA also requires the public to participate in the planning process.
Local hazard mitigation planning forms the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage in the next disaster. The planning process consists of: