Ashland County Hazard Mitigation Plan

Mitigation plans form the foundation for a community’s long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage.


State, tribal and local governments are required to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance. The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288), as amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, provides the legal basis for state, local and tribal governments to undertake a risk-based approach to reducing risks from natural hazards through mitigation planning.


Local units of government participating in a multi-jurisdictional planning process like that which Ashland County endorsed must adopt the final plan for the municipality to be eligible for future mitigation funds including grants available through FEMA. Local units (i.e. towns, villages, cities) of government that do not participate would be ineligible to receive such funds until such time that they meet these requirements and adopt a plan.