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Steve Ferryman, Branch Chief
Phone: (614) 799-3539
The mission of the Mitigation Branch is to integrate hazard mitigation principles in a variety of ways to make Ohio communities more sustainable and citizens more resilient in the face of future disaster events. This mission is implemented through projects and planning efforts to reduce the cost of damage caused by disasters, and minimize the impact on citizens, businesses, and properties. The Mitigation Branch maintains the State's All Hazard Mitigation Plan, coordinates the State Hazard Mitigation Team (SHMT), is the state entity responsible for implementing FEMA's hazard mitigation programs, and assists Ohio communities in their mitigation planning efforts.
The authority and laws that authorize and govern mitigation programs is not only the Ohio Revise Code section 5502.22; but also the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) and the United States Code of Federal Regulations, 44CFR:201.