Hazards and Planning
The Hazard Mitigation Office focuses on reducing the impact of hazards in the New Orleans area. By analyzing the risk to life and property from these hazards, the Hazard Mitigation Office plans for a safer New Orleans.
Hazard mitigation planning is important to all communities and can help lower the overall costs of damage from disasters, lessen their impact, and speed the response and recovery process. Due to its location, New Orleans is vulnerable to many natural and man-made hazards, including hurricanes, strong storms, levee failure, and chemical spills.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan provides a detailed picture of the risks we face and outlines New Orleans’ strategy to help reduce the effects of hazards on people and property. The Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies and prioritizes mitigation strategies, and proposes ways to implement these strategies. By implementing these strategies, New Orleans will improve its ability to cope with the hazards it faces and emerge as a more resilient community.
The City of New Orleans Hazard Mitigation Office completed the 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan update and it was adopted by the New City Council in March, 2010. A copy of the plan is available here.