Hazard Mitigation Planning
The City of Mason City has actively planned for hazard mitigation since 2002. Much of this planning has been supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.The City participated in the preparation of the Cerro Gordo County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The planning process included input from citizens and public organizations. The purpose of the Cerro Gordo County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard
Mitigation Plan is to substantially and permanently reduce the county’s
vulnerability to natural hazards. The plan is intended to promote sound public
policy designed to protect citizens, critical facilities, infrastructure,
private property and the natural environment. This can be achieved by
increasing public awareness, documenting resources for risk reduction and
loss-prevention, and identifying activities to guide the community towards the
development of a safer, more sustainable community.
The Cerro Gordo Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation plan is developed and organized within the rules and regulations established under the 44 CFR 201.6. The plan contains a mitigation action listing, a discussion on the purpose and methodology used to develop the plan, a profile on the cities and county of Cerro Gordo, as well as the hazard identification and vulnerability assessment of natural and manmade hazards. In addition, the plan offers a discussion of the community’s current capability to implement the goals, objectives and strategies identified herein. To assist in the explanation of the above-identified contents there are several appendices included which provide more detail on specific subjects. This plan is intended to improve the ability of the County and Cities to handle hazards and will document valuable local knowledge on the most efficient and effective ways to reduce loss.