Hazard Mitigation Planning
The Tallahassee-Leon County Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is the community's primary planning tool to help minimize the risks to individuals and property from natural and man-made hazards. The LMS is also required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to apply for and receive Federal pre- and post-disaster assistance funds allocated to Leon County. Post-disaster mitigation funds were acquired by local government following disaster declarations for tropical storms Alison, Barry, and Helene, and hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Ivan. Post-disaster funds have also been applied for by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County as part of a joint grant application following Tropical Storm Fay, and Florida State University has applied for funds following a disaster declaration for the severe storms in the spring of 2009 that affected Leon and other surrounding counties.
The LMS directs local government to use these monies for mitigation measures such as hardening critical facilities like fire stations against flooding and high winds, expanding the availability of emergency shelters, rebuilding roads and other infrastructure affecting public and private property, increasing flood control measures, among other community hazard mitigation needs.
The current LMS was prepared in 1999 and adopted by both the City of Tallahassee and Leon County in 2000. The current LMS expired on January 19, 2010. The current LMS has been updated in accordance with federal rules by the Planning Department with information and input provided by other local government agencies and departments, state and regional agencies, and the public. FEMA appoved the updated LMS on January 26, 2010, and the updated LMS was adopted via resolution by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners on April 13, 2010 and by the Tallahassee City Commission on April 28, 2010.
The updated 2020 LMS is provided below. If you need any additional information, please contact Steve Hodges at the Tallahassee - Leon County Planning Department.
Mitigation Strategy, Hazard Mitigation Procedures Initiatives
2013 Progress Report
The Tallahassee-Leon County Local Mitigation Strategy Progress Report emphasizes the City’s floodplain management activities. The report is prepared by the City’s Stormwater Management to meet requirements of the federal Community Rating System (CRS) annual recertification. Because of the City’s proactive Stormwater Management program and participation in the CRS, Tallahassee floodplain property owners automatically receive a 20 percent discount on premiums when they purchase flood insurance. The amount saved by Tallahassee citizens is estimated by City staff to be $250,000 in annual flood insurance premium costs.
Final 2010 Update to Tallahassee-Leon County "Local Mitigation Strategy" (PDF)
- Amend ByLaws 2009
- Initiatives List
- Hazard Scoring & Risk Rating Procedures
- Leon County Flooded Structures Inventory
- Evaluation of Goals
- Existing or Planned