Types of Mitigation
Natural Hazards Mitigation
The impact and loss associated with natural disasters can be devastating and the cost to recover from them continues to rise significantly each year. It is impossible to predict exactly when these disasters will occur, or the extent to which they will affect the City of Beaverton. However, with careful planning and collaboration among public agencies, private sector organizations, and citizens within the community, it is possible to minimize the losses that can result from natural disasters. Natural hazard mitigation is the responsibility of individuals, private businesses and industries, state and local governments, and the federal government.
Natural hazard mitigation is defined as a method of permanently reducing or alleviating the losses of life, property, and injuries resulting from natural hazards through long and short-term strategies. Example strategies include planning, policy changes, programs, projects, and other activities.
Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
The City of Beaverton developed a Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan in an effort to reduce future loss of life and property resulting from natural disasters. The Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) is intended to assist the City of Beaverton in reducing its risk from natural hazards by identifying resources, information and strategies for risk reduction. It will also help guide and coordinate mitigation activities throughout the City.
People who live in or visit Oregon enjoy some of the most beautiful scenic places in the United States; this beauty however has an underlying cost; earthquakes. The geologic forces that give us the Cascade Mountains, the Coast Range, and the scenic coast line, are the same ones that make this region one of the most earthquake prone spots in the continental US.
The potential impacts posed by earthquakes include property damage and bodily injuries. There are no guarantees of safety during earthquakes, but properly constructed and strengthened homes are far less likely to collapse or be damaged during earthquakes.
There are structural and non-structural mitigation activities you can undertake to minimize the potential of damage and injury. The non-structural activities can typically be done by the homeowner, whereas the structural projects may require a licensed and experienced contractor to complete.
Structural and Non-Structural Mitigation
Earthquake Risks Around the US - How to Protect Your Property (44 Page PDF)