house built next to a body of waterMitigation is defined by FEMA as "effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters." 

Duval County maintains a Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Plan aimed at defining the hazards that threaten the community, and identifying measures to reduce the impacts of those hazards. For more information on the LMS, please follow this hyperlink

Mitigation activities include:

  • Wind proofing critical buildings
  • Elevating or purchasing flood prone homes and businesses
  • Locating residential and commercial development outside flood zones
  • Creating wildfire buffers around development in vulnerable areas

Other Mitigation Initiatives:

To learn more about flooding and the National Flood Insurance Program click here.  

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) determined in a 2018 Interim Report that every $1 invested in disaster mitigation by federal agencies saves society $6.