The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines hazard mitigation as, “any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.” Another way to understand hazard mitigation is as the prevention component of the emergency management process. (see figure)
To address hazard mitigation in the Santee Sioux Nation, the Tribe is in the process of developing a 2023 Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan (THMP).
Flood, fire, and severe weather are just a few of the natural hazards of concern to the Santee Sioux Nation. While natural hazards such as these cannot be prevented, an THMP forms the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses by breaking the repeated cycle of disaster damage and reconstruction. Communities with a FEMA- approved LHMP are eligible for FEMA pre- and post-disaster grant funding and are better positioned to respond and recover when disasters occur.
The LHMP development process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.
Opportunities for Input
Planning Committee Meeting Public Meeting
June 7th 2023 1:30pm-3:30pm June 7th 2023 5:00pm-7:00pm
Tribal Council Headquarters Isanti Community Schools-Library
108 Spirit Lake Ave W. 206 Frazier Ave East
Niobrara, NE 68760 Niobrara, NE 68760
For more information on this project and how to be involved, contact Vice-Chairman Kameron Runnels at (402) 857-2772 or at email@example.com
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