Emergency Planning: Mitigation
Mitigation is the process of the College making investments in the present (time, personnel, equipment, etc.) as a means of preventing or reducing potential future losses. Mitigation involves sustained actions taken to reduce or eliminate risk to life, property, and the environment from natural and human hazards. Mitigation activities take many different forms, including but not limited to: structural enhancements; establishing and enforcing codes, policies, and procedures; and providing formalized training for community members to help them understand hazards and reduce vulnerability to those hazards.
Mitigation actions aim to reduce or eliminate risk and are different from actions taken to prepare for or respond to emergency events, and these activities can lessen or eliminate the need for preparedness or response resources in the future. When analyzing risks and identifying mitigation actions, the emergency planning team may also identify emergency response or operational preparedness activities. Mitigation activities can be categorized as either prevention, protection, or education.