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What is Mitigation? 

Mitigation is defined as the effort to reduce or eliminate loss of life and property by lessening the impacts of disasters.  In order for mitigation to be successful, we need to take action BEFORE the next disaster so we can reduce the human and financial loss. 

Studies show that one dollar ($1) spent on mitigation now will save us four dollars ($4) in the future. 

Lee County's mitigation planning efforts are centered around the Joint Unified Local Mitigation Strategy, also knows as the LMS.  The LMS is a comprehensive plan that is reviewed and approved every five (5) years by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The LMS includes a hazard and vulnerability assessment, mitigation goals and objectives for the community, and demographic information.  It also includes a prioritized list of mitigation projects that can be funded by grant opportunities after declared disasters.

Lee County is a member of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and participates in the Community Rating System (CRS). 

Some examples of mitigation:

  • Hurricane shutters for a home, business, or government building.
  • Elevation of a flood vulnerable building or home.
  • Drainage improvement projects.
  • Road/bridge improvement projects.
  • Creating wildfire buffers around development in vulnerable areas.
  • Public information and outreach programs that educate the community on disaster risk,
    preparedness, and mitigation.

Click to read the 2017 Lee County Joint Unified Local Mitigation Strategy.

If you would like to learn more and/or participate in the Local Mitigation Stretegy planning process,  
contact Lee Mayfield, Lee County Emergency Management, lmayfield@leegov.com.