Disaster mitigation measures are those that eliminate or reduce the impacts and risks of hazards through proactive measures taken before an emergency or disaster occurs. The primary types of mitigation actions to reduce long-term vulnerability are local plans and regulations, structural projects, natural systems protection, and education programs. Examples of mitigation measures include:
- Adoption and enforcement of land use and zoning practices
- Implementing and enforcing building codes
- Flood plain mapping
- Reinforced tornado safe rooms
- Burying of electrical cables to prevent risk of damage
- Forest management
- Insurance programs
Successful mitigation efforts require that we all understand our local hazards and be proactive in lowering our risk of being impacted.
The Boulder Office of Emergency Management supports the Wildfire Partners program that supports Boulder County homeowners living in the wildland urban interface with wildfire mitigation resources.
City of Boulder Wildfire Home Assessment
Boulder Fire-Rescue (BFR) is rolling out a new Wildfire Home Assessment Project that aims to conduct an assessment of each home within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) boundary of the City of Boulder. The initial curbside assessment will be conducted by uniformed BFR personnel during business hours from the viewpoint of the street, sidewalk or public property, and will not access private property. The curbside assessments are designed to capture a general impression of how well each home is prepared for a wildfire event. Learn more about the Wildfire Home Assessment Project
Boulder County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
Boulder County’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies the hazards that threaten our communities, evaluates the risks from those hazards, and outlines a strategy to reduce or eliminate that risk. The state and federal governments require communities to complete a hazard mitigation plan and update it every five years in order to be eligible for certain types of disaster assistance and recovery funding.