EMmidtermpaper - Devon Smithburg Mitigation Godschalk...

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Devon Smithburg Mitigation Godschalk states that “they mitigation plan lays out a community’s strategy for ensuring long-term sustainability by reducing its vulnerability to hazards. Plan making involves four steps: 1). Setting goals and objectives, 2.) identifying mitigation actions and assigning priority to them, 3.) preparing an implementation strategy, and 4.) writing the mitigation plan (Godschalk, p. 104). Therefore, the goal for the mitigation plan is to substantially and permanently reduce the community’s vulnerability to natural and all other hazards. The plan is designed to protect citizens, critical facilities such as hospitals, infrastructure, private property such as homes, and the natural environment (p. 103). To achieve this goal, many things need to happen such as increasing public awareness, providing resources for risk reduction and loss prevention, and undertaking activities that will foster a safer, more sustainable community (p. 103). Ways to involve the community include stakeholder interviews, workshops, and public hearings (p. 103). Each mitigation strategy will be identified as a certain type of strategy, given a target completion date, be linked to a responsible party/organization (which then comes with naming potential funding sources), be given monitoring and evaluation indicators, and assigned to certain hazards for which to address (p. 103). My previous suggestions to enhance mitigation in Southeast Louisiana broadly included the structural form of mitigation being levees that will be built strong enough to withstand a Level 5 hurricane, and the non-structural form of mitigation being such as evacuation plans (which also includes things like updated flood maps, etc.). Until the levees are rebuilt to a higher strength, there are other forms of mitigation that can be carried out to help mitigate flood hazards. For example, to reduce flood risks, New Orleans could do what the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County did in the 1990s and have both the city and the county revise their floodplain maps to reflect future buildout (Godschalk, p. 103). The next step would be to analyze the new maps and revise the zoning regulations, acquire the flood-prone properties, and conduct flood audits for at-risk commercial structures (Godschalk, p. 103).
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