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Substantiating Mitigation in Florida

Hazard mitigation is any action taken to reduce or eliminate risk to natural hazards, such as flood, hurricane, wildfire, and more. Mitigation activities can be structural or non-structural and might include improved building codes, infrastructure and building hardening, outreach and education, land use planning, legislation, and more.

Hazard mitigation is the most cost-effective stage of emergency management. For every dollar spent on mitigation, society likely saves four dollars in prevented loss over the life of the project, according to a 2005 Multi-hazard Mitigation Council report (National Institute of Building Science.) In Florida, loss avoidance assessments are conducted post-disaster to substantiate the value of mitigation in real dollars.

The materials on this page are offered in an effort to share the news about Florida's effective mitigation actions. These materials may be shared as long as credit is given to the Florida Division of Emergency Management's Bureau of Mitigation.

Loss Avoidance Report,Tropical Storm Debby FEMA DR-4068-FL, June 2012 (3.9 MB)

TS Debby Report, Appendix A: Individual Project Results
TS Debby Report, Appendix B: Project & Event Documentation (15.6 MB)
TS Debby Report, Appendix C: Other Event Documentation (13.4 MB)
TS Debby Report, Appendix D: Blank Documentation Form

Loss Avoidance Report, Florida Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding FEMA DR-4177, April - May 2014

DR-4177 Report, Appendix A
DR-4177 Report, Appendix B
DR-4177 Report, Appendix C
DR-4177 Report, Appendix D
DR-4177 Report, Appendix E

Loss Avoidance Report, Hurricane Hermine FEMA DR-4280, April 2017

DR-4280 Report, Appendix A: Methodology
DR-4280 Report, Appendix B: Event Data
DR-4280 Report, Appendix C: Call Sheets
DR-4280 Report, Appendix D: County Reports

Loss Avoidance Report, Hurricane Matthew FEMA DR-4283, April 2017

DR-4283 Report, Appendix A: Methodology
DR-4283 Report, Appendix B: Event Data
DR-4283 Report, Appendix C: Results
DR-4283 Report, Appendix D: County Reports

Other Bureau of Mitigation Publications

2012 Lessons Learned:
Building Code-coordinated State Floodplain Management Model Ordinance

2012 FSU Studio Report: “Getting to Drier Ground”
Flood mitigation projects lessons learned

2012 Economic (Employment) Impact Analysis

Public Facilities Flood Mitigation Initiative

The Public Facilities Flood Mitigation Initiative used data from the new Florida State Owned Lands and Records Information System (FL-SOLARIS) created by the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Management Services to identify public facilities in the floodplain. Information developed through this initiative will facilitate site-specific risk assessments for existing state facilities as well as assist in the process of choosing locations for future facilities. Information on this initiative can be found in Appendix R of the State Hazard Mitigation Plan. Below, you will find links to the Assessment Manual, Workshop Materials, Facility Screening Tool, and an Example Assessment Report.

Public Facilities Flood Hazard Mitigation Assessment Manual

Public Facilities Flood Hazard Mitigation Workshop Materials (Edited 6/4/15)

Public Facilities Flood Mitigation Facility Screening Tool

Public Facilities Flood Mitigation Example Assessment Report



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