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Sustainability at the Edge: The Opportunity and Responsibility of Local Governments to Most Effectively Plan for Natural Disaster Mitigation

Environmental Law Report, Vol. 38, p. 10158, March 2008

13 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2008  

Patricia Salkin

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Date Written: July 8, 2008

Abstract

The traditional link between disaster mitigation and local land use planning was highlighted by the Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000, which emphasizes the need for mitigation coordination among state and local entities. This article looks at the role of local governments in natural disaster mitigation, specifically, how local governments may use traditional land use powers, such as the police power, to protect against disasters. The paper cites DMA provisions that offer financial incentives to states that work with local governments to plan for growth and disasters; and sets forth case studies to illustrate how states can create vertical links among federal,state, and local entities to coordinate disaster mitigation strategies.

Keywords: disaster mitigation, disaster preparedness, environmental law, land use law

JEL Classification: K32, R52

Suggested Citation

Salkin, Patricia, Sustainability at the Edge: The Opportunity and Responsibility of Local Governments to Most Effectively Plan for Natural Disaster Mitigation (July 8, 2008). Environmental Law Report, Vol. 38, p. 10158, March 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1157153

Patricia Salkin (Contact Author)

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

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