Mitigation planning is the process Summit County has used to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural hazards. The goal is to develop long term strategies to protect people and their property from natural hazards. It identifies the responsibilities functions and working relationships between and within government entities and their various departments, private support groups and individual citizens regarding planning. The current plan has been developed as a guide to these groups to address hazard prevention needs, opportunities and activities that will create a disaster resistant Summit County.
Mitigation is one phase of the Emergency Management Cycle. The planning process involves many community stakeholders who identify vulnerabilities in communities and critical infrastructure. Mitigation activities can occur before of after an event.
According to the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, states must have an all hazards mitigation plan approved by FEMA to be eligible for federal mitigation and public assistance funds associated with a presidential disaster declaration.
Some of Summit Counties highest priority hazards include river or stream flooding, tornadoes, winter storms, landslides, dam or levee failure, earthquakes, drought, severe summer storms, and excessive heat. Some common types of mitigation undertaken in summit county are flood plan management, the acquisition or elevation of flood prone structures and the construction of saferooms to protect people during wind events.
To request a copy of the plan, please email EMAplans@summitoh.net.