Natural hazards – such as tornadoes, snowstorms and drought – are likely to happen in the Mo-Kan region. While nothing can be done to stop them, communities can take steps to minimize injuries and property damage. Mo-Kan Regional Council facilitates Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMP) for four Missouri counties.
Hazard mitigation planning is the process authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and the plans must be updated every five years. The plans focus on what actions can be taken to reduce the loss of life and property in the event of a disaster. Hazards that present the greatest threats are identified, risks and vulnerabilities are accessed and a strategy is developed with goals to mitigate the potential effects. Counties, communities, school boards and special districts within each county must adopt the HMP in order to be eligible for mitigation grant funding.
Each county, city, village and school district that participates in creating the plan becomes eligible to apply for grants for hazard mitigation projects.
Learn about Mitigation Ideas
Check out SEMA's mitigation webpage for more information about hazard mitigation plans and grants here.