Hazardous Mitigation Plan
The adoption and maintenance of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Hazard Mitigation Plan is a prerequisite for Washington County to access sources of funding for mitigation projects made available under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. The purpose of the plan is to decrease risk of property damage, injury, and/or loss of life due to natural hazards by undertaking comprehensive mitigation strategies prior to a hazard event.

Washington County and the Cities of Ainsworth, Brighton, Crawfordsville, Kalona, West Chester and Washington were awarded a federal planning grant by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program in October, 2009. The County signed a service agreement with the East Central Iowa Council of Governments to complete the planning process resulting in a plan document. The planning process began in March, 2010 and a series of meetings were held in each of the participating communities resulting in a draft plan. Issues related to changes in FIRM maps provided by FEMA in 2010 delayed completion of the plan until December 7, 2012 when it received formal FEMA approval.