The planning process is as important as the plan itself. This process includes hazard identification and risk assessment leading to the development of a comprehensive mitigation strategy for reducing risks to life and property. The mitigation strategy section of the plan identifies a range of specific mitigation actions and projects being considered to reduce risks to new and existing buildings and infrastructure. This section includes an action plan describing how identified mitigation activities will be prioritized, implemented, and administered.
State, Indian Tribal, and local governments are required to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition of receiving certain types of hazard mitigation disaster assistance. Indian Tribal and local governments may choose to develop a single jurisdiction mitigation plan or participate in multi-jurisdictional mitigation plan. Both single and multi-jurisdictional plans have benefits and challenges. Single jurisdiction plans offer sole discretion and autonomy in how the community will conduct the planning process. Multi-jurisdictional planning is most effective when jurisdictions face the same threats or hazard of concern, operate under similar authorities, have similar needs and capabilities, and have successfully partnered in the past.
Additional information can be found on FEMA’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning website
The current State Hazard Mitigation Plan was published in October 2011. In accordance with FEMA requirements the next update of the State Hazard Mitigation Plan is scheduled for 2016.
The State of Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies Wisconsin's major natural hazards, assesses the vulnerability to those hazards, and outlines a strategy to reduce those vulnerabilities. The Plan focuses state agency resources to help protect the health, safety, property, environment, and economy of Wisconsin from the effects of natural hazards.
Additional information on specific local hazard mitigation plans is available from a number of sources. Digital versions of many local hazard mitigation plans can be found on the municipal, county emergency management, or regional planning commission websites.