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What is a Hazard Mitigation Plan?


Disasters can cause loss of life; damage property and infrastructure; and have devastating consequences for a community’s economic, social, and environmental well-being. Hazard mitigation aims to reduce disaster damage by taking sustained action to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Outreach programs that increase risk awareness, projects to protect critical facilities, and the removal of structures from flood hazard areas are all examples of mitigation actions. Mitigation actions and concepts can also be incorporated into Land Use Plans and Building Codes. 

Local governments have the responsibility to aid in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens. Proactive mitigation policies and actions help reduce risk and create safer, more disaster-resilient communities. Mitigation is an investment in our community’s future safety and sustainability. Consider the critical importance of mitigation to:

•    Protect public safety and prevent loss of life and injury;
•    Reduce harm to existing and future development; and
•    Prevent damage to a community’s unique economic, cultural, and environmental assets.

Our goal is to increase Coryell County's resiliency in response to the hazards it faces by developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The HMP will identify and outline the types of hazards the County experiences and how the County will address and mitigate vulnerabilities and risks associated with those hazards. 


Benefits of a

Hazard Mitigation Plan

  • 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.



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Extreme Heat


Winter Storms


Dam Failure

Depicted here are the most common hazards that have a direct impact on our communities in Coryell County. Humans may contribute to or exacerbate the hazard, but are not the direct source of the hazard. These types of hazards may be addressed in the HMP. 

The HMP will identify a list of common hazards in Coryell County and will provide the following information: 

  • Description of the hazard; 

  • Location of the hazard; 

  • Extent or severity of the hazard; 

  • Historical occurrences; 

  • Probability of future events; and

  • Vulnerability and impact of the hazard.

We will also assess the County's capability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the impacts experienced because of natural disasters and hazards. 

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