Mitigation is an integral part of the City of Haines City Emergency Management Plan. Mitigation actions reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Due to Florida's weather, geography, and miles of coastline the state is highly vulnerable to disasters. Disasters can be very costly to both citizens and government.
The goals of mitigation activities are to:
Mitigation is accomplished in conjunction with a hazard analysis, which helps to identify:
There are steps that you can take to prepare yourself and mitigate against damages. The first thing you can do is know your risk. Next, you should create an emergency communications plan and build an emergency kit to ensure you and your family are prepared. As part of having a plan, we also encourage you to consider your coverage. A flood insurance policy can protect your home, property, or business from the financial damages of flooding. Most homeowner's insurance does not cover damage from flooding.
In addition to these steps, there are also mitigation measures that you can take to help prevent, or minimize the impact of flooding to your home and its contents. A few examples include: