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North Dakota's hazard mitigation plan approved by FEMA

Posted on 3/11/2011

March 11, 2011701-328-8100

BISMARCK, N.D. -North Dakota recently received approval for its state multi-hazard mitigation plan. The plan is a risk analysis tool which identifies the thirteen hazards most likely to affect North Dakota and provides a state-wide review of the impacts of these hazards. Some of the hazards profiled are winter storms, summer storms, drought, wild land fires, and floods.

The plan addresses multiple aspects of each hazard such as the probability of it occurring, the potential for the loss of life and property, and possible impacts on the economy. The plan also focuses on long-term initiatives and strategies that could prevent or reduce future losses.

Some of North Dakota's successful mitigations projects are:

  • Home acquisitions in flood-prone areas.
  • Living snow fences.
  • Burying overhead power lines.
  • Adopting new and enforcing existing regulations contained in the National Flood Insurance program.
North Dakota is required to have a statewide multi-hazard mitigation plan and must review and update the plan every three years in order to receive federal disaster recovery and mitigation program funds.

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