The County of Kauaʻi is committed to a long-term strategy for reducing the risks of natural hazards. Kauaʻi has experienced a range of climate and hydrological hazards, geological hazards, and technological hazards that have resulted in great costs to lives, property, and the economy of the county. The hazards identified in the plan were chosen for consistency with the State of Hawaii's planning efforts, and include: hurricanes, floods, drought, wildfire, erosion, landslides, climate change, earthquakes, tsunami, dam failure, hazardous materials, homeland security threats, and health-related hazards.
The County of Kauaʻi Multi-Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Plan was updated and approved in August 2015. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that the county plan is updated every five years. The development of local hazard mitigation plans is critical for maintaining eligibility for future Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation and disaster recovery funding. These include the following grant funding sources:
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
- Pre-disaster Mitigation Program (PDM)
- Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA)
The plan can be accessed by clicking through the various links below.