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Mitigation Plans

Hazard mitigation is any action taken to permanently reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from the effects of hazards. These natural hazards can be of any type - tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, severe storms, winter freezes, wildfires, droughts, landslides, land subsidence, earthquakes or dam failures, resulting from natural disaster crises. The communities within the county can take steps to prepare and implement mitigation measures for almost any type of hazard that may threaten its citizens, businesses and institutions.

Below are two comprehensive mitigation plans for the Jefferson County area: the Jefferson County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan and the Upper Shades Creek Flood Hazard Mitigation Program. The Jefferson County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan addresses all natural hazards deemed to threaten property and persons within Jefferson County, Alabama. Both short-term and long-term hazard mitigation strategies are addressed, and implementation tasks are assigned, with funding alternatives identified.

The Upper Shades Creek Flood Hazard Mitigation Program is the culmination of the most comprehensive study of flooding ever conducted within Jefferson County, Alabama. This plan responds to the serious flood hazard and safety threats to property and lives within the flood plains of the upper reaches of Shades Creek. Without appropriate remedial measures, flooding presents a continuing risk for severe property damages and an ongoing threat to public safety.

For more information about these plans, contact the Jefferson County EMA.


Jefferson County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan:
Plan Summary
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7

Upper Shades Creek Flood Hazard Mitigation Program:
Plan Highlights
Plan Summary
Chapters 1 and 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapters 7 and 8

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