The UMVRDC is considered an expert in Hazard Mitigation Planning, through multiple contracts with Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift, Yellow Medicine Counties and the Upper Sioux Community. The Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management collaborate with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure that each county and/jurisdiction have active Hazard Mitigation Plans. FEMA requires that all Hazard Mitigation Plans be updated within a 5-year period.
Following the planning process, the region has been and continues to implement the hazard mitigation strategies identified in the plans. Most recently there has been a push to provide safe rooms for all unsheltered populations (i.e. parks, campgrounds, schools, etc.) The following links provide further information on the importance of safe rooms, case studies, and the process of applying for FEMA funds to implement a safe room project in your community.
View Recently Completed Hazard Mitigation Plans for our Region: Link to county’s plan
- Yellow Medicine County – 2015
- Chippewa County – 2015
- Big Stone County – 2015
- Swift County – in Progress
- Lac qui Parle County – in Progress
For more information on Hazard Mitigation Planning, contact Kirk Bustrom at 320-289-1981 x 111.