Hazard Mitigation Planning

Bayfield County emergency managers, public agencies and citizens must be prepared to respond to a wide array of natural and manmade/technological hazards. The impact of these losses has a much greater magnitude when considered at the local level rather than from the state or national perspective. Budgets, staff, and resources in general are fewer and farther between at the local level. The County and communities within Bayfield County have historically worked well together and will into the foreseeable future. The Bayfield County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan addresses both natural and manmade/ technological hazards that impact the County and identifies mitigation strategies to minimize those hazards.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, Public Law 106-390 was signed into law on October 30, 2000 and amended the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. This act established the requirement for local and tribal governments to prepare an All Hazards Mitigation Plan to be eligible for funding from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, Flood Mitigation Assistance Program and the Hazard Mitigation Program. The act further established the requirement that natural hazards such as tornadoes, floods, wildfires, and severe thunderstorms need to be addressed in the risk assessment and vulnerability analysis parts of an All Hazards Mitigation Plan. The act also required local and tribal governments to have a Hazards Mitigation Plan in place in order to utilize funding through the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant.

For any agencies looking to create or improve their hazard mitigation plans please contact em@bayfieldcounty.wi.gov

To view our Hazard Mitigation Plan please click here:

2020 Bayfield County Hazard Mitigation Plan