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 Office of Emergency Management 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 2016 Local Mitigation Strategy Plan for Lake County has been approved by FEMA and is available upon request.
LMS Adoption and Receipt of Funding
Upon plan approval by FEMA, the Office of Emergency Management 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
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 (PDF). Applications are typically submitted by the Office of Emergency Management 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 Office of Emergency Management is available to answer questions on the application process.