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Hazard Mitigation Planning

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. State, County, and Tribal governments are required to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition of receiving certain types of hazard mitigation disaster assistance, emergency and non-emergency. The requirements and procedures for mitigation plans are found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at Title 44, Chapter 1, Part 201 (44 CFR Part 201).

Wisconsin Emergency Management provides planning resources and tools to assist counties, tribes, and communities with hazard mitigation planning.

The Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission has been providing communities and counties with hazard mitigation planning assistance since 2003. We have helped with submitting grants to FEMA to fund hazard mitigation plans and projects, and we have assisted in the development of hazard mitigation plans and updates. Additionally, Bay-Lake RPC staff have participated in FEMA's National Evaluation of pre-disaster mitigation plans and projects in Washington, D.C. each year since 2007.

The following are the hazard mitigation plans in the Region developed by the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission:


The Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission has also developed a guide to hazard mitigation planning for Wisconsin coastal communities. A Guide to Hazard Mitigation Planning for Wisconsin Coastal Communities (2007) was designed to help Wisconsin coastal communities identify, profile, and mitigate Great Lakes coastal hazards and develop a multi-hazard mitigation plan. Although, the target audience for this guide is Wisconsin coastal communities, it would be helpful to any community developing a hazard mitigation plan.


For more information on hazard mitigation planning, please contact:
Madison Smith, Environmental Planner
Phone: (920) 448-2820, Ext. 106