WHAT IS A “LOCAL MITIGATION STRATEGY” ?
The purpose of the Local Mitigation Strategy is to establish an ongoing process that will make hazard mitigation part of the daily functioning of the entire community, including both public and private sectors and our residents themselves. The Local Mitigation Strategy is a plan that serves as a bridge between local governments’ comprehensive growth management plans, the county comprehensive emergency management plan, land development regulations, and relevant ordinances and codes such as those for floodplain management. This strategy integrates mitigation initiatives established through various policies, programs, and regulations into a single stand- alone working document.
Mitigation plans identify potential hazards and vulnerabilities, set goals and establish specific mitigation actions to reduce risk of natural or man-made or natural hazards to people, buildings, infrastructure and the environment. Local mitigation plans are required under Section 322 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) as enacted under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 in order to be eligible for federal hazard mitigation grants.
Pinellas County, including its 24 municipalities, is vulnerable to hazards and has built a robust multi-jurisdictional emergency management program and comprehensive mitigation program. The Pinellas County Local Mitigation Strategy was updated in 2014-2015 and provides updated demographics and risk assessments based upon historic events and losses.
HISTORY OF THE PINELLAS COUNTY LOCAL MITIGATION STRATEGY
The Pinellas County Local Mitigation Strategy was originally adopted in 1998 and subsequently updated in 2004 and 2009. In 2014, Pinellas County, its municipalities and stakeholders once again embarked on a comprehensive update of the Local Mitigation Strategy. The county and its partners recognize that the planning process is as important as the plan itself. Therefore, it documents the planning process including how the plan was prepared and updated, who was involved in the process and how the public was involved. Using the 10-step planning process identified in the FEMA Floodplain Management Planning (CRS Coordinator’s Manual, 2013), members worked together to enhance the planning process and strengthen the overall multi-jurisdictional mitigation strategy.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
In addition to preparing residents for the potential impacts of various types of hazards and allowing the County to receive federal grant funding in the event of a declared disaster, the Local Mitigation Strategy plays an important role in the County’s Community Rating System (CRS). The CRS is a voluntary program administered by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Participating local governments are evaluated on their flood prevention/mitigation programs and receive a CRS score. The score directly correlates to the percentage of premium decrease applied to every flood insurance policy held by property owners within that local government.
Executive Summary 2015 Draft Local Mitigation Strategy
Where to Find More Information
The true value of the LMS
is that it is a dynamic document
which is updated and revised
annually as goals are reached
or priorities shifted. For
more information about preparedness
and mitigation, or the LMS,
residents can visit the following