Hazard Mitigation


Every day, unforeseen circumstances threaten Otter Tail County. Possibilities range from loss of property or jobs to loss of life can be seen from natural, technological, and human-caused hazards. As a result of those unforeseen circumstances, Otter Tail County developed its first All-Hazard Mitigation Plan in 2008, with the goal of identifying the hazards and threats that pose risk to our communities.

Currently under revision, the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan documents the progress Otter Tail County and local communities have made in mitigating - eliminating or reducing the impact of - each threat and hazard. It also identifies further action steps that can be taken to continue to reduction of hazards and their impacts.

Hazards and threats currently detailed in the plan include:

  • Natural: Winter Storms, Epidemic/Pandemic, Fire/Wildfire, Tornado/Straight Line Winds, Flood/Flash Flood, Infectious Disease, Agricultural Disease, Extreme Temperatures Summer Storms, Drought, Subsidence/Erosion, Space Weather, and Earthquake
  • Technological: Major Power Outage, Hazardous Materials, Water Supply Contamination, and Dam/Levee Failure
  • Human-Caused: Active Shooter, Terrorism, Civil Disorder/Protest, and Cyber Attac

Hazard Mitigation Defined

Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Hazard mitigation activities may be implemented prior to, during, or after an event. However, it has been demonstrated that hazard mitigation is most effective when based on an inclusive, comprehensive, long-term plan that is developed before a disaster occurs.

You Can Help​

Elected and other city leaders have been asked to complete a hazard vulnerability assessment for their community. Now it's your turn....be a part of local efforts to create a vision for the elimination of hazards in our communities.

By participating in the survey below, you will share in the identification of hazards and threats in each community, and the prioritization of initiatives and projects that will ensure our level of vulnerability to hazards and threats is greatly reduced over time.

Thank you for your input!

For More Information​

Contact Otter Tail County Emergency Manager Patrick Waletzko at 218-998-8067.

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