Hazard Mitigation



A comprehensive emergency management program requires attention to 4 key inter-related components: preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. Preparing and avoiding or reducing potential loss of life and property damage - preparedness and mitigation - requires accurate and precise hazard and vulnerability analyses. These analyses are the foundation for evacuation and disaster response planning, as well as the development of local mitigation strategies designed to reduce the community's overall risk to disasters.  This Atlas series provides information to state, county and local emergency management officials and planners for use in hurricane preparedness and coastal management in the Tampa Bay Region including Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties. It was part of a statewide effort to enhance our ability to respond to a hurricane threat, facilitate the evacuation of vulnerable residents to a point of relative safety and mitigate our vulnerability in the future. This Statewide Regional Evacuation Study Program provides a consistent, coordinated and improved approach to addressing the state and regional vulnerability to hurricane threat.


Please note: Within the link below the index for the maps is on page 20, with the maps following.  The maps are also bookmarked for your convenience.


2010 Storm Tide Atlas


The Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is a multijurisdictional plan to reduce the identified hazards within a County.


The LMS planning process, which is updated every 5 years, is used to set short and long-term mitigation goals and objectives for the County.  Hazards affecting the community are identified, vulnerability to the hazards are assessed, and through a collaborative effort, consensus is reached on how to minimize the effects of the hazards.


In order to be eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) project grants, the County and Cities must have a federally approved mitigation plan.  The Manatee County Local Mitigation Strategy is federally compliant, and was originally adopted in 1999 with updates in 2004, 2009 AND 2014.


The LMS includes an Initiatives List that is regularly updated with identified and prioritized projects both funded and unfunded, that ultimately will improve the capabilities of personnel and equipment, as well as reduce the vulnerability of the residents of the Cities and the County.  After a disaster, this list is also used to help prioritize HMGP projects.  Some examples of proposed projects might include shuttering critical facilities, installation of back-up generators to critical facilities, stormwater mitigation projects to reduce flooding to roadways, public information campaigns, etc.

Post Disaster Redevelopment Plan (PDRP)


Manatee County has been selected as a Pilot Community in a statewide initiative to develop guidelines for the development of Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plans (PDRP).   All of Florida’s coastal counties and municipalities are required to adopt a PDRP and most have stated their intent to do so in their comprehensive plan. The state recommends that “these plans should, at minimum, establish long-term policies regarding redevelopment, infrastructure, densities, nonconforming uses, and future land use patterns (§163.3177(7)(I) F.S.).  The initiative is sponsored by the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and Division of Emergency Management (DEM) who have jointly developed guidelines that will be used to develop the PDRP.


As a Pilot Community, the state has provided Manatee County with a qualified consultant for one year to assist the County in developing their PDRP.  The cost of the consultant’s services will be borne by the state.  In addition to the development of the PDRP, the results of the year-long process will be documented into a case study that will be used in the development of the final PDRP Guidebook.  This guidebook will be the latest addition to the Best Practices Series published by the DCA.  In addition, recommendations for legislative changes that will complement the guidebook will be developed to clarify the minimum requirements of a PDRP for those communities who are required to develop a plan.


For more information, please visit: http://www.dca.state.fl.us/fdcp/dcp/PDRP/index.cfm 


Definition of a Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan

A post-disaster redevelopment plan identifies policies, operational strategies, and roles and responsibilities for implementation that will guide decisions that affect long-term recovery and redevelopment of the community after a disaster.  The plan emphasizes seizing opportunities for hazard mitigation and community improvement consistent with the goals of the local comprehensive plan and with full participation of the citizens.  Recovery topics addressed in the plan should include business resumption and economic redevelopment, housing repair and reconstruction, infrastructure restoration and mitigation, short-term recovery actions that affect long-term redevelopment, sustainable land use, environmental restoration, and financial considerations as well as other long-term recovery issues identified by the community.


Adopted Plan

To view the plan click below:
Table of Contents
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Planning Process
Section 3:Vulnerability Assessment
Section 3 Maps
Section 4: Capacity Assessment
Section 5: Recovery and Redevelopment Strategy
Section 6: Recovery and Redevelopment Action Plan
Section 7: Plan Implementation and Maintenance Procedures
Section 8: Communication Plan
Section 9: Financing Plan
Appendix A: Plan Excerpts
Appendix B: Vulnerability Assessment for Historic Properties
Appendix C: Meeting Minutes and Planning Process Documentation
Appendix D: Recovery Toolkit