Brevard County Emergency Management Mitigation

In mitigation, you can take sustained actions to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects. Since mitigation involves reducing risk, it can occur before or after an emergency, when plans are put into action to minimize or eliminate damage.

Cost-effective mitigation measures are the key to reducing disaster losses in the long term. In hazard-prone areas, mitigation can break the cycle of having to rebuild and rebuild again with every recurrence. There is also a need for planning to take advantage of mitigation opportunities in the aftermath of an emergency or disaster, when hazard awareness is high, funds may become available, and disruption of the status quo makes it possible to rethink design and location of some facilities and infrastructure.  Attention to mitigation opportunities can make safer communities for us all.


Brevard Prepares

In the spring of 1998, the Florida Department of Community Affairs initiated a program to assist local government in developing plans to reduce or eliminate risks to people and property from natural and man-made hazards known as the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS).

The primary objective of the Local Mitigation Strategy is to remove, if possible, or otherwise to limit the losses of life and property due to a disaster. In 1998, Brevard County created an LMS Taskforce called Brevard Prepares. Brevard Prepares is composed of a number of local government agencies, businesses, community organizations, and institutions. Brevard Prepares, supported by Brevard County Emergency Management, has been responsible for developing all work products for the Local Mitigation Strategy including the development of a set of guiding principles, identification of potential hazards affecting the community; identification of people and infrastructure which are vulnerable to hazards; identification of critical facilities which are necessary for maintaining health, safety and welfare of residents before, during, and after a catastrophic event; and the development of a prioritized list of pre- and post-hazard mitigation initiatives (projects) eligible for funding. The Local Mitigation Strategy is intended to provide one unified program for Brevard County and its incorporated municipalities.

Meeting of the Local Mitigation Strategy Steering Committee

On November 12, 2021 at 2PM, the Local Mitigation Strategy Steering Committee will meet to discuss and prioritize projects submitted to be considered for funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program process associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic.  This meeting is open to the public.

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is post-disaster funding source that is made available only after a Presidential Disaster Declaration.  HMGP is a federal grant managed by the State of Florida.

The percentage allocation to counties is based on pro-rated share of federal disaster assistance spent in their county (Rule 27P-22, FAC).  The preliminary allocation to Brevard County is $3,828,449.78 million.  This is available for mitigation projects throughout Brevard County including municipalities, elected bodies, not-for-profits, and non-governmental organizations.

HMGP Requirements:

  • Mitigation project must implement long-term hazard mitigation measures to reduce the risk and impact of future events.
  • Must have an approved Local Mitigation Strategy. Brevard County’s Local Mitigation Strategy was initially approved and adopted in 1999, and was most currently approved and adopted in 2020.
  • For an HMGP project to be eligible for funding it is required to be on the LMS Project List and prioritized using the established criteria within the approved Brevard County Local Mitigation Strategy.
  • Cost share is 75% HMGP/25% Applicant and is a reimbursement grant.

 For more information you may contact Brevard County Emergency Management 321-637- 6670.

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