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Emergency Planning: Hazard Mitigation

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Hazard mitigation is any cost-effective and sustained action taken to reduce the long-term risk to human life, property, and infrastructure from hazards.

While mitigation activities can and should be taken before a disaster occurs, hazard mitigation is essential. Often after disasters, repairs and reconstruction are completed in such a way as to simply restore damaged property to pre-disaster conditions. The implementation of such hazard mitigation actions leads to building stronger, safer and smarter.



What is the Hazard Mitigation Plan?
The Hazard Mitigation Plan outlines goals, objectives, and specific actions New York City can take to reduce risks. You can view the comprehensive 2014 plan here.


What is NYC's Risk Landscape: A Guide to Hazard Mitigation?
This guide is based on the 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan but focuses on a targeted group of hazards that pose a risk to New York City and includes information on how the City approaches risk management in a user-friendly and accessible format. You can view the guide here.


What is the disaster cycle? How does hazard mitigation fit?
Hazard mitigation is the first step in the disaster cycle and is followed by preparedness, response, and recovery. Although it is often overlooked, hazard mitigation is an important step: it focuses on risk reduction to break this expensive cycle of repetitive loss.


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