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Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

Hazard Mitigation Planning is a process that identifies natural hazard risks and develops strategies to reduce these risks.


2018 Plan Updated May 1, 2018

The 2018 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan pdf  has been approved by the state Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The plan was adopted by City Council on May 1, 2018. 


The purpose of hazard mitigation is to reduce or eliminate long-term risks to people and property from natural hazards. The City of Boulder has developed a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan to help make the city and its residents less vulnerable to future natural hazard events.

The original Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved by City Council on Aug. 19, 2008. The plan has been reviewed on an annual basis. Keeping the plan current helps the city to be better prepared for natural hazards, provides the opportunity to apply for federal grants and allows property owners to be eligible to receive discounted flood insurance premiums through the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).

The goals for the 2018 update included increasing community awareness, reducing vulnerability of people, property and environment to natural hazards, and reducing the impact of natural hazards on our community. 

Previous versions of the plan include the 2013 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan pdf  and the 2015 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Annual Review. pdf


Timeline for 2018 Update

  • Community Input (Round 1):  In 2017, Boulder residents shared input about natural hazards, emergency contact preferences, and disaster mitigation ideas.
  • Review Feedback & Update Plan (Round 1): In December 2017, staff reviewed input from residents to inform the update and prioritize plan activities.
  • Community Input (Round 2):  In January 2018, residents reviewed plan changes and provided additional feedback before the plan was finalized.
  • Final Draft to State/FEMA: In February-April 2018 , the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have reviewed and accepted the plan.
  • Local Adoption: On May 1, 2018,  the plan was adopted by City Council.



Christin Shepherd
Civil Engineer II
[email protected]