What is meant by "mitigation"?
Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to permanently eliminate or reduce long-term risks to human life and property from natural hazards. Sustained action means an action that is long term in its impact. This is an essential component of emergency management, along with preparedness, response, and recovery. Disasters can have significant impacts on communities. They can destroy or damage life, property and infrastructure, local economies, and the environment.

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1. What is the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000?
2. What is a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan?
3. What is meant by "mitigation"?
4. Who was involved?
5. What is a Steering Committee?
6. What hazards does it address?
7. Will Global Warming or Climate Change be addressed in the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan?
8. Does the State of Washington have a State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan?
9. How does it affect me?
10. How will it affect my community?
11. What is the Community Rating System?
12. What if my jurisdiction isn’t a part of the Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation planning process?
13. Did it cost anything to produce this plan?
14. Where are the hazards in my area?
15. Who can I contact for questions?