All Hazard Mitigation Plan

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Clermont County is updating the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan as required by 44 CFR Part 201.3 and the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.   Local jurisdictions are required to update the Plan every 5 years in order to remain eligible for pre-disaster and post-disaster mitigation grant programs.   

Community involvement and feedback is vital to the success of the Clermont County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is hazard mitigation?

Hazard mitigation is any cost-effective and sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life or property from natural, technological, and human-caused hazards.

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What is the hazard mitigation planning process?

The hazard mitigation planning process analyzes the community's risk from hazards, coordinates available resources, and implements actions to reduce or eliminate risks. A local mitigation plan should be prepared before a disaster to guide risk reduction activities before an event; it should also be reviewed, and amended regularly, so as not to overlook opportunities for vulnerability reduction (mitigation).

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What is the purpose of hazard mitigation planning?

The purpose of All-Hazard Mitigation Planning is to:

  • Identify the hazards that impact Clermont County, including the Cities, Villages, and Townships within the County;
  • Identify actions and activities to reduce any losses from those hazards; and
  • Establish a coordinated process to implement the Plan.

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What is the benefit of hazard mitigation planning?

The benefits include:  

  • Assisting local communities with reducing risks by identifying vulnerabilities and developing strategies to lessen and/or eliminate the effects of a potential hazard;
  • Building partnerships and reducing duplication of efforts among organizations with similar or overlapping goals;
  • Creating more sustainable and disaster-resistant communities;
  • Communicating needs to state and federal officials when funding becomes available, particularly after a disaster; and
  • Increasing public awareness of local hazards and disaster preparedness. 

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What laws govern the hazard mitigation planning process?

State, Indian Tribal, and local governments are required to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288), as amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, provides the legal basis for State, local, and Indian Tribal governments to undertake a risk-based approach to reducing risks from natural hazards through mitigation planning.

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Why develop a Hazard Mitigation Plan?

  1. Protect Clermont County residents;
  2. Create a disaster resilient community;
  3. Break the Preparedness, Response, Recovery Cycle; and
  4. Fulfill the planning requirement under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to become eligible for hazard mitigation grant funding.

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What hazards are to be considered in the plan?

  • Dam Failure
  • Drought
  • Earthquakes
  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Floods / Heavy Rain
  • Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Invasive Species
  • Severe Thunderstorms
  • Utility Failures
  • Windstorms/Tornadoes
  • Winter Storms

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What is Clermont County doing to make it more resilient to hazards?

Part of the plan development process includes identifying what initiatives the County, Townships, Villages, and Cities are taking or could take to reduce the affects of hazards. These initiatives are called “mitigation actions.”  These actions address prevention, property protection, public education and awareness, natural resource protection, emergency services, and structural projects.

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Where can I find additional information about hazard mitigation planning?


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