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The Ohio State Hazard Mitigation Team (SHMT) was formed in 1997 and meets semi-annually and as needed by necessity of disasters. This interagency / interorganizational team is chaired by the State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO) and the core membership of the State Mitigation Team consists of representatives from the following entities:
The role of the SHMT is twofold: to facilitate a collaborative discussion of mitigation policies, programs, and procedures in Ohio, and to have a mechanism to efficiently and objectively review project applications for many of FEMA's hazard mitigation programs. In recent years - due to the large number of disasters, the SHMT has almost exclusively focused on the latter - reviewing all mitigation applications for eligibility for federal and state funding, program eligibility, community compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and compliance with the priorities outlined in the State Mitigation Plan.