Mitigation is the process or processes which can minimize the impact of disaster. An example might be in a home construct prior to current codes and standards, ask the question, is there an opportunity to increase the strength of the walls or roof structure? Another example might be in a flooding situation, is there something that can be done prior to a disaster to minimize damage caused by flooding?
If there are opportunities to reduce the risk and minimize the impact, it may be more cost effective to intervene, pre-event and take action. Certainly while a community is being impacted, there are temporary measures that may be necessary, however, true mitigation should be viewed from the long-term. What can I do to reduce impact to my personal property?