Minnesota State Hazard Mitigation Plan

Minnesota’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies major natural hazards occurring across the state, and presents a comprehensive assessment of the vulnerability to those hazards. The Plan identifies goals and recommended actions for state government to reduce and/or prevent injury and damage from hazardous events. Beyond compliance to the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, Minnesota’s Hazard Mitigation Plan includes a description of the effects of climate change for each of the natural hazards identified.

Section Three of the report profiles geographic, climatic and demographic characteristics for Minnesota, and identifies how mitigation relates to development trends and climate change adaptation. Section 3.5 - 'Climate Change' - describes historical climatic trends, and current risks posed by climate change. 

Section 3.53 - 'Adapting to Climate Change' - overviews all of Minnesota’s prior and ongoing state level actions to prepare for and adapt to climate change.  This includes a review of Minnesota’s Interagency Climate Adaptation Team (ICAT) and the role of state agencies involved. In 2013, ICAT published an updated report “Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota” that shares a summary of observed and projected climate impacts, outlines state agency activities and responses, and identifies opportunities for future action and interagency collaboration.

The plan’s Natural Hazard Risk Assessment addresses how climate change will magnify the impacts of natural hazards including Flooding, Dam and Levee Failure, Wildfire, Windstorm, Tornadoes, Hail, Lightning, Winter Storms, Erosion, Land Subsidence, Drought, Extreme Heat, and Extreme Cold.  All of the natural hazards discussed include an overview and vulnerability analysis, hotspot mapping of occurrence across the state, and risk rankings and vulnerability assessment for every county. 




Publication Date: March 14, 2014

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  • State of Minnesota


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