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What is Hazard Mitigation?​

 "Hazard Mitigation" means to reduce or alleviate the losses of life, injuries and property resulting from natural and human-made hazards through long-term strategies. These long-term strategies include planning, policy changes, programs, projects and other activities. Mitigation is the responsibility of individuals, private businesses and industries, state, local and federal governments. Hazard mitigation breaks the cycle when recurrent disasters take place, such as flooding along a stream or creek, repeated damage and reconstruction occurs. This recurrent reconstruction is often more expensive as the years go by. Hazard mitigation helps to prevent recurrent damage and increasing reconstruction costs by taking a long-term view of rebuilding and recovery following natural disasters.



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