Local Mitigation Strategy

  • A Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is a plan developed by each county to reduce and or eliminate the risks associated with natural and man-made hazards. These plans must be in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000). DMA 2000 is a mechanism for collaboration between state and local entities that encourages pre-disaster planning, recognizes need for mitigation, and designates funding for projects through Federal grant opportunities.
  • FDEM’s Mitigation Planning Unit assists counties in the update and review process of the LMS. They serve as a resource for technical advice, knowledge of funding sources, and general information regarding hazard mitigation.
  • The LMS must be updated every five years to remain compliant with FEMA statutes. Without an approved LMS, a county will be unable to apply for many Federal grants. For more information, please refer to the links below.
  • https://www.fema.gov/what-mitigation
    • FEMA Local Mitigation Plan Guidance
      • This guide aids counties when updating their LMS plans.
    • FEMA Mitigation Ideas: A Resource to Reducing Risk to Natural Hazards
      • Information citizens can use to identify and evaluate their potential hazard risk
    • Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide
      • This guide aids counties when updating their LMS plans.
    • Protect Your Property    
      • Learn how to protect your home or business from various natural and manmade disasters.
  • https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-planning-resources
    • FEMA Local Mitigation Handbook
      • This guide aids counties when updating their LMS plans.
    • Mitigation Planning Fact Sheets
      • These summary sheets provide key aspects of planning for state, tribal, local governments and interested stakeholders.
    • Mitigation Activities
      • A source for reducing your risk from natural hazards
  • LMS Update Manual
  • Florida Review Tool
  • https://www.fema.gov/determine-your-risk
    • Identify Possible Hazards and Emergencies
    • Review Maps of Your Area
    • Calculate Your Risk with Assessment Tools
    • Learn about FEMA’s Mitigation Activities
      • Suggested mitigation activities for various hazards
  • G-393: Mitigation for Emergency Managers
    • The Planning Unit staff teaches this course. See SERT TRAC for scheduling or to request a class be held in your area.
  • G-318: Mitigation Planning for Local Governments
  • The Planning Unit staff teaches this course. See SERT TRAC for scheduling or to request a class be held in your area.
  • FL-391: LMS Update Manual
    • The Florida Division of Emergency Management’s Bureau of Mitigation created a Local Mitigation Strategy Update Manual as a way to better explain what is needed in an LMS Update. This course will be taught in conjunction with the manual to include descriptions of the requirements, as well as the process for updating each requirement. Florida specific examples and other useful information is provided as appendices using existing LMS plans as a qualifying reference. The intent of this course is to ensure everyone understands the requirements of an LMS update and offers the opportunity for hands on evaluation of participants’ plans.
    • The Planning Unit staff teaches this course. See SERT TRAC for scheduling or to request a class be held in your area.

Miles Anderson
Mitigation Bureau Chief
850-815-4501

Melissa Schloss
Mitigation Planning Manager
850-815-4504

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