What Is Mitigation?
Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Mitigation is taking action now–before the next disaster–to reduce human and financial consequences later (analyzing risk, reducing risk, insuring against risk). Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Without mitigation actions, we jeopardize our safety, financial security, and self-reliance.
In the fall of 2010 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the City of Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) a Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant designed to update the Providence Hazard Mitigation Plan developed in 1997 and updated in 2005. The PDM grant provides funds to local communities in order to develop a plan for hazard mitigation planning and implementation measures before a disaster occurs. Any community that does not participate in this program is not eligible to receive any federal mitigation funds after a disaster.
PEMA established a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Committee and together with state, local and private stakeholders sent a draft plan to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and FEMA for approval. Upon receiving approval the plan was submitted to, approved and adopted by the Providence City Council on June 6, 2013 and ultimately signed by Mayor Taveras.Multi Hazard Mitigation Plan