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Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning

Hazard Mitigation Planning Team meeting held in Langdon, ND during their revision of the county Hazard Mitigation Plan, led by Paramount in 2017. 


Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans are usually only required for Counties, but sometimes cities and multi-jurisdictions have them. 

According to FEMA, the purpose of mitigation planning is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses. Mitigation Plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters. 

States, Local and Tribal governments benefit from mitigation planning by:

  1. Identifying cost effective actions for risk reduction that are agreed upon by stakeholders and the public
  2. Focusing resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities
  3. Building partnerships by involving people, organizations, and businesses
  4. Increasing education and awareness of hazards and risk
  5. Communicating priorities to state and federal officials
  6. Aligning risk reduction with other community objectives. 

The Federal Government requires counties to revise their Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans every five years to maintain 'approved' status. If a county lets a MHMP lapse, the county is no longer eligible for Federal Assistance dollars if a disaster were to occur. 

Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans are generally seen as one of the most important plans a city or county can have, it has been proven, small short steps in mitigation against emergencies and disasters saves money over time. 

What We Do....

​​Here at Paramount, our team strives to make all MHMP's unique and exclusive to your county or city. Paramount Planning will not close out a project until the customer is 100% satisfied, that is our promise. We work until the plan is perfect, not until we use up all the hours specified in the contract. Our team has years of education and experience working on MHMP's and we will put that knowledge to use for you!

The MHMP process generally takes between 3 to 12 months to complete depending on progress and scheduling issues. The process is fairly long and includes a multitude of research, but nevertheless is one of the most important processes a county or city can go through to better avoid potential losses in future disasters

At Paramount Planning we dedicate ourselves not only to making a great and useable plan, but making the process as easy and enjoyable for clients as possible.