2021 Maricopa County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
The City of Surprise joined forces with Maricopa County and other jurisdictions around the Valley to review, update, and adopt the Maricopa County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan reduces the potential loss from natural hazards and is a living document that requires adjustments to maintain its relevance and remain a useful tool and resource.
Mitigation is not how we respond to emergencies like floods and wildfires, but rather how we as a community might lessen or even prevent the impact of such incidents before they occur.
The mitigation planning process involves identifying and profiling the natural hazards most likely to occur in a community, assessing the vulnerability to these hazards, and establishing goals and actions that mitigate the associated risks. Maintaining a FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Plan will also ensure the community’s continued eligibility for non-emergency, federal hazard mitigation grants.