The purpose of the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property from disasters. The LMS Task Force consists of a variety of municipal and community partners within Lake County who provide direction and guidance on the update of the mitigation strategy and projects sent to our State and Federal partners for funding consideration.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) administers the various mitigation and flood programs that are offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As required by State Rule, the Lake County Emergency Management Division provides updates to FDEM regarding its local mitigation activities. Information on the various mitigation and flood programs can be found on the FDEM web site.
The Lake County Emergency Management Division, with assistance from a Florida State University graduate assistant, completely re-wrote the Local Mitigation Strategy. The update process started in 2009 with input from the LMS Task Force and interested parties. The plan (below) has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The document is intended to be flexible and, with guidance from the LMS Task Force, will continue to be improved and updated to meet the needs of Lake County and all municipalities. All hazard mitigation plans must adhere to the review criteria (below) set forth by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Upon plan approval by FEMA, the Emergency Management Division will coordinate with Lake County municipalities to adopt the plan. Plan adoption is required for any county or municipal jurisdiction to receive funding from the following programs:
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
- Pre-Disaster Mitigation, Competitive
- Flood Mitigation Assistance
- Severe Repetitive Loss Pilot Program
To date, the following jurisdictions have adopted the plan:
Lake County has been successful in completing some mitigation projects funded by FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. These included storm shuttering two of Lake County Fire Rescue Stations to withstand higher winds and the acquiring and demolishing of a home in Clermont that faced repeated flooding and suffered severe mold damage. These are just a few examples of mitigation projects where investments made now can reduce and mitigate future damages and costs.
When there is an open application period, eligible applicants can only submit applications for projects identified within the Lake County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The standard application used is the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program / Flood Mitigation Assistance application. Applications are typically submitted by the Emergency Management Division on behalf of the LMS Group by the grant application deadline. Thereafter, applications are generally reviewed first by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and then the Federal Emergency Management Agency for final review and approval. The review process can take time and all applicants are encouraged to be as detailed as possible on the applications to address all of the program requirements. No projects can commence until approved by FEMA. Projects that have started or are already completed are ineligible for funding. The Emergency Management Division is available to answer questions on the application process.
Wind Retrofit, Fire Station 112, Clermont
Wind Retrofit, Fire Station 10, Astor
Demolition of Home, Clermont
Requests for information regarding the plan can be directed to LMS@lakecountyfl.gov. Other comments, questions, concerns and recommendations can be sent to this address as well.