Enhanced Local Mitigation Strategy (ELMS)
Prior to the creation of the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS), there was no existing comprehensive, cohesive or coordinated hazard mitigation program established for Broward County and its 31 municipalities to deal with emergency response and recovery issues, long and short term planning issues and economic issues relating to mitigation. The development and implementation of a local mitigation strategy provides a mechanism to address issues that will reduce or eliminate exposure to hazard impacts.
The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires all local governments to have a hazard mitigation plan in place in order to receive mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The DMA 2000 (Public Law 106-390) indicates that as of November 1, 2004 any local government that does not have a FEMA approved hazard mitigation plan in place is not eligible to receive federal pre or post hazard mitigation funding. This Plan represents all jurisdictions in Broward County. It was approved by FEMA on October 31, 2012 and by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners on February 5, 2013.