In 2005, the MMC conducted a widely cited study, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the Future Savings from Mitigation Activities, which documented how every $1 spent on mitigation saves society an average of $4. Since that study was published, though the findings are still relevant, the building community mitigation landscape itself has changed.
Today, in addition to decreasing the nation's losses from natural and man-caused disaster events, there is an increased focus on promoting community preparedness, sustainability and resilience, as well as working to achieve other national goals, such as creating high-performance buildings and improving energy efficiency.
The Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) serves a vital need by establishing a body of experts in a multitude of related fields that can address the challenges associated with the identification and implementation of effective mitigation practices. The Council is an independent entity that should ultimately inform decision making in ways that lead to effective public policy on many levels.
The goals of the MMC are simple—promoting disaster resilience, becoming a focal point of credible information and promoting whole building strategies. However, the MMC recognizes that these goals, while worthy, present a unique set of challenges that will require collaboration with homeowners, commercial and industrial property owners, researchers, the public sector and many others in order to be achieved.
The MMC intends to utilize the Internet, social media and good old fashioned on-the-ground work to reach out to the local level. The MMC can produce and publish the best science and engineering in the world, but if this information is not usable, credible, understood and implemented, it is ultimately meaningless. The challenge before all members of the MMC is to continue to think beyond the science and engineering into the realm of public policy and private lives. Hazard mitigation only works when implemented and there are a number of real world barriers to that implementation. A large part of the MMC's mission is to identify how to reduce or eliminate those barriers when we are developing the best possible mitigation strategies, measures and policies.
The MMC will prepare publications including white papers on disaster resilience policy. A free semi-annual Journal of Hazard Mitigation and Risk Assessment (JHAZ) debuted in March 2011 under the sponsorship of the MMC with Board members among the article writers.
Membership in the MMC is voluntary and includes public and private sector architects, engineers, contractors and risk assessment practitioners, as well as trade and professional associations, materials interests and others from communities across the United States.
The Council provides a forum for disaster professionals to exchange valuable information on emerging trends in building technology and federal policy, and to address building systems and software applications that play a critical role in disaster resilience and sustainability.