Prevention focuses on preventing hazards from occurring, whether they are natural, technological or caused by humans. Not all hazards are preventable, but the risk of loss of life and injury can be limited with good evacuation plans, environmental planning, and design standards.
Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters and emergencies. It refers to measures or actions that can prevent an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency, or reduce the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies. The establishment of building codes and zoning requirements or the creation of defensible space around homes to protect them from wildfire are examples of mitigation efforts.
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