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Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Mitigation is taking action now - before the next disaster - to reduce human and finanical consequences later (analyzing risk, reducing risk, insuring against risk). Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Without mitigation actions, we jeopardize our safety, financial security, and self-reliance.
Individuals experience great trauma during disasters. To help them recover, federal and state assistance programs offer not only monetary assistance but crisis counseling as well.
Through low interest loans, grants, temporary housing assistance, job placement as well as other services, this program makes every effort to minimize hardships on victims.
The Human Services Branch administers the Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG) as provided by federal law under presidentially declared disasters (PL 93-288 as amended by PL 100-707). The IFG program works closely with the American Red Cross, local unmet needs committees, the National Flood Insurance Program, and various local government agencies. Every effort is made to see that the needs of the victims are met and that aid is given in a timely manner.
State Hazard Mitigation Program
Every community in the United States is at risk for serious loss of life and/or property due to a disaster, be it hurricane, earthquake or nuclear accident. Because of the documented magnitude of the costs of these losses, numerous programs have been created to lessen the effects of such a manmade or natural event should it occur. Indiana's hazard mitigation program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to fund eligible projects to assist not-for-profit organizations, individuals and families to reduce the actual or potential risk of loss of life or property. The program receives 75% of its funding from the federal government.