Hernando County LMS

What is an LMS?

A Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is a plan developed by each county to reduce and or eliminate the risks associated with natural and man-made hazards. These plans must be in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000). DMA 2000 is a mechanism for collaboration between state and local entities that encourages pre-disaster planning, recognizes need for mitigation, and designates funding for projects through Federal grant opportunities.

The LMS must be updated every five years to remain compliant with FEMA statutes. Without an approved LMS, a county will be unable to apply for many Federal grants.

How is the LMS updated?

The LMS working group is responsible for completing the 5-year update of the LMS. This working group also updates the mitigation project list once a year. Representatives from the three participating jurisdictions of Hernando County, the City of Brooksville, and the City of Weeki Wachee participate in this working group, as well as community stakeholders. Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council staff are providing technical assistance to Hernando County to assist in the 5-year update for 2020.

How can I be involved?

By attending one of the LMS Working Group meetings.

For more information contact Cara Woods Serra, project manager, at cara@tbrpc.org.