What is Mitigation?


The action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something. Disaster mitigation measures are those that eliminate or reduce the impacts and risks of hazards through proactive measures taken before an emergency or disaster occurs.

Disasters can cause loss of life, damage buildings and disrupt critical infrastructure. They have devastating consequences for organizations and communities both socially and environmentally. Hazard mitigation reduces emergency and disaster damages and is defined as a sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Programs that increase emergency preparedness, risk awareness and protect critical facilities are all examples of mitigation actions.

Where does mitigation begin?

Organizations and communities have the responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their employees and citizens. Proactive mitigation policies and actions help reduce risk, increase preparedness and create safer, more resilient environments. Mitigation is an investment in your organisation's or community’s future safety.

How can you make it work?

Mitigation is most effective when it is based on a comprehensive, long-term plan that is developed before an emergency occurs. The purpose of mitigation planning is to identify policies and preparedness actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses from hazards. These mitigation policies and actions are identified based on an assessment of hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks, along with the participation of a wide range of stakeholders and the public in the planning and training process.

How can mitigation benefit an organization or community?

Benefits of mitigation planning include:

  • Identifying actions for risk reduction.
  • Focusing resources and training on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities.
  • Building partnerships by involving citizens, partner organizations, and businesses.
  • Increasing training and awareness of threats and hazards, as well as their risks.
  • Aligning risk reduction with other organizational and community objectives.

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