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Weld County is updating the 2016 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan in collaboration with local municipalities, fire departments, school districts, and other community organizations. This plan is designed to reduce the risks posed by hazards that affect our county and must be updated and approved by FEMA every five years to keep it current and to maintain eligibility for certain types of disaster assistance. Hazard mitigation planning helps residents, business owners, elected officials, and municipal departments think through how to plan, design, build, and establish partnerships for risk reduction.

DID YOU KNOW? Mitigation is an investment in a community’s future safety and sustainability. Recent cost-benefit studies have proven mitigation to be cost effective for communities, with mitigation projects returning $6 for every $1 spent. Mitigation planning helps communities take action now, before a disaster, to reduce impacts when a disaster occurs.

What is hazard mitigation?

The term “Hazard Mitigation” describes actions that can help reduce or eliminate long-term risks caused by hazards, such as floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Hazard mitigation is best accomplished when based on a comprehensive, long-term plan developed before a disaster strikes.

As the costs of disaster impacts continue to rise, governments and citizens must find ways to reduce hazard risks to our communities. Oftentimes after disasters, repairs and reconstruction are often completed in such a way as to simply restore damaged property to pre-disaster conditions. These efforts may “get things back to normal,” but the replication of pre-disaster conditions often results in a repetitive cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. Hazard mitigation breaks this repetitive cycle by producing less vulnerable conditions through pre- and post- disaster repairs and reconstruction. The implementation of such hazard mitigation actions now by state and local governments means building stronger, safer, and smarter communities that will be able to reduce future injuries and damages.

Why is hazard mitigation important for counties and municipalities?
  • Protect public safety and prevent loss of life and injury.
  • Reduce harm to existing and future development.
  • Maintain community continuity and strengthen the social connections that are essential for recovery.
  • Prevent damage to your community’s unique economic, cultural, and environmental assets.
  • Minimize operational downtime and accelerate recovery of government and business after disasters.
  • Reduce the costs of disaster response and recovery and the exposure to risk for first responders.
  • Help accomplish other community objectives, such as capital improvements, infrastructure protection, open space preservation, and economic resiliency.
How do Weld County and its jurisdictions benefit from this type of planning?
  • Ensuring eligibility for all sources of hazard mitigation funds made available through FEMA.
  • Increasing public awareness and understanding of vulnerabilities as well as support for specific actions to reduce losses from future disasters.
  • Ensuring community policies, programs, and goals are compatible with reducing vulnerability to all hazards and identifying those that are incompatible.
  • Building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, increasing opportunities to leverage data and resources in reducing workloads, as well as achieving shared community objectives.
  • Expanding the understanding of potential risk reduction measures to include: local plans and regulations; structure and infrastructure projects; natural systems protection; education and awareness programs; and other tools.
  • Informing the development, prioritization, and implementation of mitigation projects. Benefits accrue over the life of these projects as losses are avoided from each subsequent hazard event.
How can I get involved?

Residents, organizations, and businesses are encouraged to contribute to the planning process. Over the next few months, the county and its jurisdictions will reach out to the public to provide input on hazards and their mitigation.

Take our survey! What hazards do you think the County should focus on? Your input is important to developing an actionable plan, and there will be several opportunities for public input. The updated plan is anticipated to be ready for public review in November, with multiple opportunities for community involvement.

Click here to take our survey


Interested in reviewing the 2016 plan includes?  Read Hazard Mitigation Plan


Contact Information

Office of Emergency Management

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 758
Greeley, CO 80632

Phone: (970) 304-6540
Toll Free: (800) 436-9276 x 3809
Fax: (970) 336-7242


Denise Bradshaw
Emergency Management Coordinator

Email: dbradshaw@weldgov.com