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Mitigation Plan

Welcome to the project webpage for the Wyoming State Region 7 Hazard Mitigation Plan. Please check back often for project updates and postings.

What is Hazard Mitigation?

The term "Hazard Mitigation" is described as actions that can help to reduce or eliminate long-term risks caused by hazards, or disaster, such as wildfire, flood, tornadoes, dam failure or Hazmat incidents. As the cost of disaster continues to rise, governments and ordinary citizens must find ways to reduce hazards risks to our communities and ourselves. Efforts made to reduce hazard risks are easily made compatible with other community goals and safer communities are more attractive to employers as well as residents. As communities plan for new development and improvements to existing infrastructure, mitigation can and should be an important component of the planning effort.

While mitigation activities can and should be prepared before a disaster event has the chance to occur, mitigation becomes essential after a hazard event. Often times after disasters, repairs and reconstruction are completed in such a way as to simply restore damaged property to pre-disaster conditions. These efforts may "get things back to normal", but the replication of pre-disaster conditions often results in a restitutive cycle of damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. Hazard mitigation breaks this repetitive cycle by producing less vulnerable conditions through post-disaster repairs and reconstruction. The implementation of such hazard mitigation actions now by state and local governments means building stronger, safer and smarter communities that will be able to reduce future injuries and damage.

About the Project

Wyoming Region 7, which encompasses Laramie, Goshen, and Platte County, was granted funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create a regional Multi-hazard Mitigation Plan. Each County has previously adopted a hazard mitigation plan specific to their community. Laramie County/Cheyenne have an existing plan that was adopted in 2013 in accordance with the Federal Stafford Act, The National Flood Insurance Act, and 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Goshen and Platte County plans were adopted in 2004 and 2006 respectively, and are currently expired as HMP plans must be updated every five years.

Laramie, Goshen, and Platte County, along with the State, are now in the process of creating a regional plan and expect to have it approved by FEMA by September 2017.

Laramie County will benefit from this project by:

  • Ensuring eligibility for all sources of hazard mitigation funds made available through FEMA.
  • Increasing public awareness and understanding of vulnerabilities as well as support for specific actions to reduce losses from future natural disaster.
  • Ensuring community policies, programs, and goals are compatible with reducing vulnerability to all hazards and identifying those that are incompatible.
  • Building partnerships with diverse stakeholders increasing opportunities to leverage data and resources in reducing workloads as well as achieving shared community objectives.
  • Expanding the understanding of potential risk reduction measures to include: local plans and regulations; structure and infrastructure projects; natural systems protection; education and awareness programs; and other tools.
  • Informing the development, prioritization, and implementation of mitigation projects. Benefits accrue over the life of the project as losses are avoided from each subsequent hazard event.

Project Outreach and Communication
The Laramie County Office of Emergency Management Agency is coordinating this project with the State and wants to ensure that all community stakeholders and citizens have an opportunity to be involved in this planning process. All project information and messaging will be posted utilizing this website and updates will also be communicated via the Laramie County Emergency Management Agency website here.For more information regarding the hazard mitigation planning process, please contact Jeanine West with the Laramie County Emergency Management Agency at 3962 Archer Parkway, Cheyenne, WY 82009, (307) 633-4336 or emergencymanagement@laramiecounty.com.

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Combined Cheyenne Laramie County Hazard Mitigation and Strategy Plan