Mitigation is a way to lessen the impact of a disaster on a community through preparedness, structural hardening, and infrastructure projects. Involvement in the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Committee is your gateway to mitigation funding.
For every dollar invested it is estimated you save $4 in potential losses
May protect your loved ones, homes and businesses from harm
Helps a community recover more quickly from a disaster
How we help local communities through mitigation
Walton County Emergency Management runs the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Workgroup that meets quarterly.
Provide updates and information on mitigation topics through meetings and email Maintains and updates the Local
Mitigation Strategy plan that is approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Maintains a list of projects that may become eligible for mitigation or other grant funding
Coordinates with local communities that participate in the Community Rating System program to save people money on flood insurance
Coordinates with the State and FEMA after a disaster to get federal funding to help communities rebuild stronger
How can you mitigate?
Assess your risks to determine what you/your residence may be vulnerable to (e.g flooding, storm surge from hurricanes, high winds, power outages)
Buy insurance to help protect yourself financially if a disaster hits
Protect your windows and doors from high winds (e.g. storm shutters, impact windows/doors)
Have tie down straps installed in your roof
If you do need to evacuate know where you plan to go, how you will get there and what you need to take.
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes offers tips on how to Protect your Home and How to Be Prepared
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