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Mitigation Plan

Welcome to the project webpage for the Wyoming State Region 7 Hazard Mitigation Plan

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.

The Region 7 Hazard Mitigation Plan is now drafted and sent to FEMA for review.

If you have any specific questions or would like to relay your comments in another form, please reach out to the following project leads for each Region 7 County:
- Goshen County: Shelly Kirchhefer, skirchhefer@GoshenSheriff.org
- Laramie County: Jeanine West, jwest@laramiecounty.com
- Platte County: Terry Stevenson, tstevenson@plattecountywyoming.com