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What is hazard mitigation? Plainly stated, hazard mitigation is any action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural hazards.

The mission of the Illinois Mitigation Program is to identify hazards that affect Illinois, assess how vulnerable Illinois is to each hazard, and then implement a strategy for mitigating the effects of the hazard.

The program is intended to:

  • Provide the framework for hazard mitigation not only during the recovery and reconstruction process, but also on a year-round basis.
  • Identify mitigation projects that will reduce the potential for future losses and decrease the cost to taxpayers.
  • Provide education to the public on mitigation methods and offer assistance to local jurisdictions that are eligible for mitigation projects.
  • Assist all Illinois jurisdictions in completing a Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 compliant plan.

This website is not only an introduction to hazard mitigation in Illinois, but also a planning tool for those communities that wish to implement a program in their jurisdiction.

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New to the Mitigation Page!

With mitigation growing ever so rapidly statewide, we realize that there are many questions you have when determining if the process is right for you. We encourage homeowners, local officials, and even businesses to email us at the address listed below. Our website has a lot of great information, but we realize that every circumstance is a little different. Let us help you determine if mitigation is the right option for you. Please donít hesitate, if you have questions about mitigation opportunities in your community, please email us and a Mitigation Specialist will respond shortly.

For information on the Hazard Ratings in the above Disaster Declarations map, see the "Illinois Hazard Rating Process" section (III-8) within the 2013 Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Disaster Declaration Key

ER   Excessive Rainfall   F   Flooding   FF   Flash Floods
FR   Freezing Rains   HS   Hurricane Sheltering   IJ   Ice Jam
IS   Ice Storm   SE   Snow Emergency   SS   Severe Storms
SW   Severe Winds   SWS   Severe Winter Storm   T   Tornado
TH   Thunderstorms   TR   Torrential Rains
UF   Unseasonable Freezing Temperatures

Illinois Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has recently updating and received formal approval for the Illinois Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (INHMP). This is the State's plan to reduce the harm natural disasters cause individuals and property. While the 2013 INHMP will not be required for a formal update for 3 years, we continually welcome comments and input on the plan for all future updates. Comments and input can be submitted to the State Hazard Mitigation Officer at

Questions or Comments? Public involvement is encouraged and your input is greatly appreciated. If you would like to send us a comment, please contact Ron Davis by email or phone (217-782-8719).


Now accepting Pre-Applications. For more information please click here.

The 2013 Hazard Mitigation Plan can be viewed by clicking here (12.5M).


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