Emergency Management


Staff Contact:

Brady Smith , AICP
Principal Planner
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Suite 100
Pinellas Park, Florida 33782
(727)570-5151 ext. 42



John Meyer
Principal Planner
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Suite 100
Pinellas Park, Florida 33782
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 29

Community Protection

The action we take to prevent or to minimize the impacts of a disaster on our community is called mitigation. Floods, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, hazardous material incidents and terrorism (or the threat of terrorism) cause billions of dollars of damage annually throughout the United States. The loss of lives, injuries and damages to homes, businesses or workplaces cause untold hardship and emotional suffering, and tear at the very fabric of our lives and communities.


While we know that we will never be able to completely prevent disasters from occurring, we can reduce their impacts. Hazard mitigation is the most proactive and successful method for reducing the physical, financial, and emotional losses caused by these disasters.


Hazard mitigation can reduce future disaster losses through land use planning, site design, engineering, and retrofitting of homes, structures, schools, public buildings, and businesses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its Building Disaster Resistant Communities initiative, is helping communities across the nation change the way they think about disasters. The challenge of making communities disaster-resistant makes us think about where we live, and how our communities grow. We can make our communities better places to live by protecting their natural, cultural and historical heritage, making them more attractive to business and better managing sprawl. The links between hazard mitigation and livability demonstrate that disaster resistance can help us accomplish broad community objectives of economic health, social well-being and environmental protection.


The State of Florida, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and your local government agree. In 2000 the State contracted with all local governments to develop their Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS), a county-wide plan to make Tampa Bay more disaster resistant.These plans were updated and expanded in 2004 and will undergo a major revision in 2008-2009.


Flood Mitigation is especially important to this state. We have more repetitive loss structures than anywhere else in the country. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) makes flood insurance available in those communities that adopt appropriate land use and construction codes. All of our communities participate in the NFIP and many participate in the Community Rating System (CRS) which strengthen the program in return for insurance premium discounts for our residents.


For more information, contact your county emergency management office (ask for the LMS Coordinator) or go online to:

 

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