Wisconsin is vulnerable to a variety of disasters. The state has incurred disaster-related damages totaling nearly
$3 billion in the last three decades, with almost half of that occurring in the '90's alone. These losses can be
reduced through mitigation activities. It is estimated that for every dollar spent on mitigation, $4 in future damages
can be avoided ($5 for flooding). Hazard mitigation breaks the cycle of damage and repair. Mitigation actions reduce or
eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. These preventative actions can be simple such as
elevating a furnace in a basement that sometimes has water on the floor. Mitigation can also have a comprehensive approach
such as relocating buildings out of the floodplain or strengthening critical facilities to prevent wind damage and provide
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs (HMA)
he FFY 2013 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Unified Guidance and Addendum have been released. The guidance applies to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA).
Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
The State of Wisconsin is eligible to receive FEMA disaster funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) as part of Presidential Disaster Declaration 4141-DR declared August 8, 2013 as a result of flooding and severe storms that occurred June 20-28, 2013. The HMGP provides grants to state, local and tribal governments and certain eligible private, non-profits for long-term hazard mitigation projects that reduce or eliminate losses from natural disasters. Currently the State is accepting HMGP pre-applications under 4141-DR for eligible mitigation activities.