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Integrating and Adapting Plans Throughout the Planning Cycle

Santa Rosa, California In 2017, Santa Rosa was ravaged by the Tubbs Fire, part of a series of fast-moving wildfires that spread across Northern California.

Integrating Plans to Advance Resilience

Nashua, New Hampshire The city of Nashua used the hazard mitigation planning process to launch a larger effort focused on long-term community resilience.

Mile High Flood District’s Approach to Early Flood Threat Recognition and Warning

Challenge: Protecting lives and property by enabling timely, effective responses to flood threats.

Restoring Native Ecosystems to Build Resilience

Santa Clara Pueblo Learning Objective: Analyze how a tribe used creativity, perseverance, and a long-term mindset to manage and build resilience through a challenging wildfire and flood recovery.

A Tribe’s Journey to Prepare, Mitigate, and Recover

Santa Clara Pueblo Learning Objective: Examine how a tribal government with limited prior disaster management experience embraced a collaborative approach after a devastating fire and subsequent floods to successfully build ba

Portland Lowers Flood Risk and Insurance Rates

Portland, Oregon, residents now save 25% in flood insurance premiums — an average $365 per policy in the Special Flood Hazard Area — as a result of Portland’s continued focus on floodplain management and flood risk reduction.

Using the Hazard Mitigation Planning Process for Hazard-Specific Action

Multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation planning can be an effective process to build partnerships between communities that face common hazard risks, leading to shared solutions. It can also help build a foundation to shift priorities as risks and vulnerabilities change.

Effective Public Outreach and Engagement

A good hazard mitigation plan assesses a community's risk and prioritizes solutions to address that risk. It is created by community experts with input from various stakeholders including the public-those who live and work in the community.

Creating and Evaluating a Meaningful Mitigation Strategy

The purpose of mitigation planning is for state, local, and tribal governments to identify the natural hazards that affect them and develop a mitigation strategy to reduce potential losses from these hazards. Many communities, especially those with limited capacity, struggle to develop and evaluate meaningful mitigation strategies that match their capability and resources to carry out.

On-Site PPE Cleaning: Innovative Cleaning Apparatus

Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Stow, Massachusetts -- Peter Ostroskey explains how the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy uses a laundromat-on-wheels to clean and maintain 600 sets of turnout gear.