Mitigation is an integral part of the Division of Emergency Management. Mitigation actions reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Due to Florida’s weather, geography, and miles of coastline, the state is highly vulnerable to disasters. To assist communities reduce the impacts of these disasters, the Bureau of Mitigation administers three federal mitigation grant programs, which includes the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program. The Bureau also administers one state-funded mitigation grant program, the Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program.
In addition, to comply with federal regulations, the Bureau of Mitigation routinely updates the State Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan and supports local communities with their mitigation planning efforts.
Laura Dhuwe, Bureau Chief