Hazard mitigation efforts protect residents and their property within Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, and Woodbury Counties from the effects of natural hazard events. This was accomplished through the collaborative preparation of five county-wide Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plans, in addition to the active participation of the region’s Local Emergency Planning Council (LEPC). Together, these initiatives demonstrate the communities’ and region’s commitment to reducing risks from natural hazards and it helps decision-makers direct mitigation activities and resources.

The Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plans for each County can be seen below. These plans are used to guide and coordinate mitigation activities and decisions for local land use policy in the future. Proactive mitigation planning will help reduce the cost of disaster response and recovery to communities and their residents by protecting critical community facilities, reducing liability exposure, and minimizing overall community impacts and disruptions.

The planning area has been affected by hazards in the past and the participating jurisdictions are therefore committed to reducing impacts from hazard events in the future.