Hazards and Planning
The Hazard Mitigation Office works with reducing the impact of hazards in the city. By analyzing the risk to life and property from these hazards, the Hazard Mitigation Office plans for a safer, ever more resilient New Orleans.
Hazard Mitigation Planning
Due to its location, New Orleans is vulnerable to many natural and man-made hazards, including hurricanes, strong storms, levee failure, and chemical spills. Hazard mitigation planning is important because it helps to reduce the damage from disasters, lessening their impact, and help to speed the response and recovery process.
Hazard mitigation planning provides a detailed picture of the risks we face and outlines New Orleans’ strategy to help reduce the effects of hazards on the community. A Hazard Mitigation Plan should identify and prioritize mitigation strategies, and propose action items to implement these strategies. By implementing these strategies, New Orleans will improve its ability to cope with the hazards we face and emerge as a more resilient community.
The City's Hazard Mitigation Plan was last updated by the Hazard Mitigation Office in 2010. This update was adopted by the City Council in March, 2010. A copy of the plan is available here.
The Hazard Mitigation Office is currently updating the plan again. The 2015 Plan update process brings together internal City Hall stakeholders, including departments with projects and missions related to hazard mitigation, as well as an Advisory Committee comprised of regional stakeholders and agencies. Public participation is critical to the success of the planning process, and the City will be holding a series of meetings to gather public input.
Please take a moment to fill out our Hazard Mitigation Survey. You can fill it out in Google Forms.
This Plan update will be adopted in 2016 and will guide the City's strategy for reducing its risk from natural and man-made hazards for the next five years.