Hazard Mitigation Planning
The Tallahassee-Leon County Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is a countywide comprehensive hazard mitigation plan intended to make our community safer and more resistant to natural and other types of hazards. An adopted LMS is also required for counties and cities to be eligible for federal pre- and post-disaster grant funding.
Every community is exposed to some level of risk from hazards. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, hazardous material spills, fires, and sinkholes are some of the hazards experienced by Florida communities. Our community is vulnerable to severe weather events such as hurricanes, tropical storms, lightning, thunderstorms, and droughts, as well as flooding and wildfire in certain areas.
These and other hazards cannot always be eliminated, but exposure to these hazards and their potential effects (and the costs associated with these hazards) can be effectively reduced through proper planning. The LMS does this by:
- Identifying hazards to which the county is vulnerable, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, and hazardous materials releases;
- Determining where the community is most vulnerable to these hazards;
- Assessing the facilities and structures that are most vulnerable to hazards;
- Preparing a prioritized list of mitigation projects to take advantage of available funding;
- Identifying funding sources for the mitigation projects; and
- Making hazard awareness and education a community goal.
The original LMS was prepared by the Planning Department in 1999 and adopted by both the City of Tallahassee and Leon County in 2000. Federal regulations require that local governments update their LMS every five years. The current updated 2010 LMS, adopted via resolution by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners on April 13, 2010 and by the Tallahassee City Commission on April 28, 2010, expires on May 15, 2015.
The 2010 LMS is currently being updated as required by federal rules, and with input provided by local government agencies and departments, state and regional agencies, and the public. These meetings are all open to the public. All public meetings with elected officials will be advertised in accordance with state and local rules and regulations. At this time, there are no public meetings scheduled. However, draft versions of the LMS and its constituent parts will be posted here as they become available, and any public meetings will be advertised as well.
If you wish to contact staff about this plan update process, the existing LMS, or to offer any comments, suggestions, or other information relating to hazards and their mitigation, please contact Steve Hodges at the Tallahassee - Leon County Planning Department:
Stephen M. Hodges, AICP
Tallahassee – Leon County Planning Department
435 N. Macomb Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
The 2010 LMS is provided below.
Mitigation Strategy, Hazard Mitigation Procedures Initiatives
2014 Progress Report
The Tallahassee-Leon County Local Mitigation Strategy Progress Report emphasizes the City's floodplain management activities. The report is prepared by the City's Stormwater Management to meet requirements of the federal Community Rating System (CRS) annual recertification. Because of the City's proactive Stormwater Management program and participation in the CRS, Tallahassee floodplain property owners automatically receive a 20 percent discount on premiums when they purchase flood insurance. The amount saved by Tallahassee citizens is estimated by City staff to be $250,000 in annual flood insurance premium costs.
Final 2010 Update to Tallahassee-Leon County "Local Mitigation Strategy" (PDF)
- Amend ByLaws 2009
- Initiatives List
- Hazard Scoring & Risk Rating Procedures
- Leon County Flooded Structures Inventory
- Evaluation of Goals
- Existing or Planned