Federal law requires all states and counties to prepare an All-Hazard Mitigation Plan that:
- Identifies the types of hazards that pose a risk of injury, death or property damage
- Ranks the hazards by severity and likelihood of occurrence
- Identifies strategies to minimize future risk
Hazard mitigation plans must be updated every five years to be eligible maintain eligibility for both federal disaster relief and grant dollars.
Dakota County’s current plan was approved in 2011, and will be updated in 2016.
The Dakota County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan covers the rural townships as well as 14 urban and six rural cities of Dakota County. Each city participates in the planning process and develops mitigation strategies as part of the plan.
The updated County Plan will be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) later in 2016.
Tell us your take
The 2016 Plan Update Team is interested in hearing from people who live or work in Dakota County. Please check back for more information on a public meeting being planned for May 2016 and take a few moments to complete and an online questionnaire.
If you have questions about the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan, please contact B.J. Battig, Dakota County Risk and Homeland Security Manager, at 651-438-4532 or Jim Iliff, Dakota County Emergency Manager, at 651-438-4703.