Hazard mitigation is defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as “any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property from a hazard event.” Mitigation creates safer communities by reducing loss of life and property damage. Hazard mitigation planning is the process through which hazards that threaten communities are identified and profiled, likely impacts of those hazards are assessed, and mitigation strategies to lessen those impacts are identified, prioritized, and implemented. The results of a three-year, congressionally mandated independent study to assess future savings from mitigation activities provides evidence that mitigation activities are highly cost-effective. On average, each dollar spent on mitigation saves society an average of $4 in avoided future losses in addition to saving lives and preventing injuries (National Institute of Building Science Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council, 2005).
The 2016 Colorado Springs Hazard Mitigation Plan demonstrates the City’s commitment to reducing risks from hazards and serves as a tool to help decision makers direct and coordinate mitigation activities and resources, including local land use policies.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan, formerly called the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan, was last updated in 2016 and is updated every five years.
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In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the City will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. Anyone requiring assistance to view the plan or provide comment should make the request to the City of Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management at e-mail email@example.com, or by calling 719-385-5957.