Prepared pursuant to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390), the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan was also developed to make Teller County eligible for certain federal disaster assistance such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation program.

Hazard mitigation planning is the process by which communities identify hazards that threaten them, determine the likely impacts of those hazards, set mitigation goals, and enlist appropriate strategies to lessen impacts. Participating jurisdictions will use the plan to decrease vulnerability and increase resilience and sustainability.

The Teller County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan strives to enhance Teller County’s ability to effectively respond to many different kinds of hazards, disasters, and emergencies. The plan demonstrates the community’s commitment to reducing hazard risks and serves as a tool to help decision-makers direct mitigation activities and resources. Moreover, it is intended to help guide and coordinate mitigation activities and decisions for local land use policy in the future.

Proactive mitigation planning will help reduce the cost of disaster response and recovery as well as protect property owners by protecting critical community facilities, reducing liability exposure, and minimizing overall community impacts and disruption. As it has been affected by hazards in the past, Teller County is committed to reducing the impacts of future disasters and maintaining eligibility for federal funding.

The plan, a component of the Teller County Strategic Plan 2011-2021, outlines strategies for consulting with other regional authorities, and the monitoring, evaluation, and update of the Teller County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan within a five-year cycle by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The overarching goals are to:

  • Reduce the loss of life and personal injuries from hazardous events
  • Reduce hazard impacts to private and public property, and the local economy
  • Reduce hazard impacts to critical facilities, infrastructure, and other community assets, including natural and historic resources


Case Study Resources

Teller County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan 2008 – PDF

Teller Cty, CO_Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan


Teller County Strategic Plan 2011-2021

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  • Challenges:
  • drought
  • wildfire
  • flooding
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  • State:
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  • Scale:
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  • Type:
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