Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. In order for mitigation to be effective we need to take action now—before the next disaster—to reduce human and financial consequences later.

Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security updated the Franklin County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan in 2018.  The federally mandated plan requires a complete update every five years.  

The plan details projects designed to reduce the likelihood that a natural hazard will result in damage. Examples of mitigation include elevating a home to ensure it remains above flood waters and installing tornado safe rooms to mitigate the threat of injury from a tornado.

The Franklin County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan represents the work of residents, business leaders, and elected and appointed government officials to develop a blueprint for protecting community assets, preserving the economic viability of the community, and saving lives. Endorsed by FEMA as being in compliance with regulations based on the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, the plan helps the county to implement mitigation projects so that a natural hazard does not result in a natural disaster.

The mitigation plan recommends a number of public education efforts, continued support for flood mitigation buy-outs and the examination and the potential modification of planning guidance and other development regulations to help ensure the risk of damage to new structures is minimized.  Many of these recommendations are highlighted in the Mitigation Action sections.

By officially adopting this updated plan by resolution, Franklin County, incorporated jurisdictions and township government officials commit to working with citizens and business owners to make their communities safer.