Hazard mitigation is any cost-effective and sustained action taken to reduce the long-term risk to human life, property, and infrastructure from hazards. These actions leads to building stronger, safer and smarter.
Disaster prevention can be defined as the activities that are taken to prevent a natural phenomenon or potential hazard from resulting in harmful effects on lives or property. Prevention planning is based on hazard identification and vulnerability assessment. This includes identifying threats that face our community and evaluating the risks and capacity of our community to handle the consequences that come with these threats. Through this planning, emergency managers are able to determine appropriate preventative strategies to strive towards limiting the root-causes that make a community vulnerable to disasters.
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While it is important for you to protect yourself and your families from emergencies, it is also important to protect your property.
Get insurance. Review your renters or homeowner's insurance policy to understand what is covered from hazards. For example, protection against loss due to floods is typically not covered under a homeowner's policy.
Strengthen your home. Trim or remove damages trees and limbs around your home. Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear clogged areas or debris to lessen water damage to your property. Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce your roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.