Across the United States, natural and human-caused disasters have led to increasing levels of deaths, injuries, property damage, and interruption of business and government services. The time, money, and efforts to recover from these disasters exhaust resources, diverting attention from important public programs and private agendas. The emergency management community, citizens, elected officials and other stakeholders in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania recognize the impact of disasters on their community and support proactive efforts needed to reduce the impact of natural and human-caused hazards.
Hazard Mitigation describes sustained actions taken to prevent or minimize long-term risks to life and property from hazards and create successive benefits over time. Pre-disaster mitigation actions are taken in advance of a hazard event and are essential to breaking the disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. With careful selection, successful mitigation actions are cost effective means of reducing risk of loss over the long-term.
Accordingly, the Lawrence County Hazard Mitigation Local Planning Team (LPT) composed of government leaders from Lawrence County, in cooperation with the elected officials of the County and its municipalities have prepared a Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (HMPU). The Plan is the result of work by citizens of the County to develop a pre-disaster multi-hazard mitigation plan that will not only guide the County towards greater disaster resistance, but will also respect the character and needs of the community.
The msot comprehensive plan update was performed in 2010 and subsequently adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.  A copy of the entire plan can be viewed here.