Hazard Mitigation vs. Emergency Response
Emergency response typically involves well-practiced, coordinated efforts to save lives and property following a disaster. Hazard mitigation is intended to reduce community and individual vulnerability to, as well as the economic and emotional costs of, hazards before they occur. Ideally, communities have both types of plans in place.
The KPB has worked with Peninsula cities to develop the final draft of a multi-jurisdictional mitigation plan.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made funding available to examine pre-disaster hazard mitigation in the United States. Alaska engaged in this effort at the city, borough and state-wide levels. Information gathered from the incorporated cities within borough boundaries has been incorporated into the KPB and the State of Alaska mitigation strategies. The plan will be evaluated and updated every five years or within one year of a disaster event that significantly affects the KPB community.