State Mitigation Strategy
Florida has an Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan which identifies hazards and assess risks to the state of Florida and then identifies goals and objectives to address those hazards and risks. Florida also has a statewide mitigation stakeholder workgroup called Mitigate FL. This group combines Silver Jackets, the statutorily required Natural Hazards Interagency Workgroup (F.S. 252.3655), and the former state hazard mitigation plan advisory team.
The current Florida Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP) is approved until 2023. This plan is intended to reduce death, injuries, and property losses caused by natural hazards in Florida. The SHMP is also required to receive federal hazard mitigation grant funding. The 2018 Plan identifies hazards based on the history of disasters within the state and lists goals, objectives, strategies, and actions for reducing future losses. Additionally, the 2018 SHMP is Enhanced, which means certain additional criteria have been met which makes Florida eligible to receive an additional 5% in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding, which has resulted in an additional $152.7 million from 2007 to 2017 being allocated to the HMGP.
Mitigate FL is the statewide interagency mitigation workgroup. The group was created when three similar groups were combined, two of which are described below. The group meets quarterly to discuss ongoing mitigation projects, new mitigation opportunities, and other mitigation issues. The group also assists with the review and update of the Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan. Meeting documentation can be found below under State Mitigation Strategy Documents.
Natural Hazards Interagency Workgroup
In July 2017, F.S. 252.3655 became effective requiring the Natural Hazards Interagency Workgroup to be established. The purpose of the group is to share information on the current and potential impacts of natural hazards, and coordinate ongoing efforts of state agencies and collaborate on statewide initiatives to address those impacts. The statute requires that each agency within the executive branch, each water management district, and the Florida Public Service Commission must designate a liaison to the workgroup. The statute also requires that an Annual Report be submitted to the Florida Legislature each year. Those reports can be found below under State Mitigation Strategy Documents.
Florida Silver Jackets
The Silver Jackets program aims to bring together state and federal agencies to leverage multiple programs to reduce risks from natural hazards, specifically flood risk reduction. This interagency group was combined with others to create the Mitigate FL group. Currently, the Florida Silver Jackets team functions as a subcommittee of Mitigate FL that focuses on state and federal collaboration regarding flood risk management and reduction. You can learn more about the national Silver Jackets program here: https://silverjackets.nfrmp.us/