Kane County is subject to natural hazards that threaten life and health and have caused extensive property damage. While these hazards are acts of nature, the impacts on residents, public facilities, businesses, and private property can be diminished through proper hazard mitigation planning. 

The Kane County Office of Emergency Management and Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources, together with representatives from municipal, township, and nonprofit agencies, developed a Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan for Kane County. The plan and the subsequent hazard mitigation work is being coordinated by the Kane County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, created by the Kane County Board on November 12, 2002. The Committee’s members include representatives of County offices, interested municipalities, property owner associations, and public organizations. 

2024 Kane County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan


Purpose of the Hazard Mitigation Plan

  • Ensure Kane County, Illinois and the participating cities and villages qualify for federal funding, before and after a disaster occurs.
  • Identify common threats and hazards the County faces.
  • Develop common mitigation strategies, ensuring a comprehensive and county-wide approach is used.
  • Develop intergovernmental partnerships within the County.
  • Gain public insight and share public information, increasing residents' knowledge and preparedness against the County's threats and hazards.


What is Hazard Mitigation?

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), hazard mitigation is: “the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. It is most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan. State, tribal, and local governments engage in hazard mitigation planning to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events."


2024 Plan Update

Kane County Office of Emergency Management and Kane County Department of Environmental and Water Resources, in conjunction with the participating cities and villages, completed the 5-year update of the Kane County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. Kane County is dedicated to involving the public directly in the review and update of the plan.


Continued Public Involvement

Kane County is dedicated to involving the public directly in the review and updates of the Plan.  The public will have the opportunity to provide input into future Plan revisions and updates. Copies of the Plan will be kept by appropriate county departments and outside agencies.

Public meetings will be held when deemed necessary by the Steering Committee.  The meetings will provide a forum where the public can express concerns, opinions, or new alternatives that can then be included in the Plan. 

To further facilitate continued public involvement in the planning process, the public has the opportunity to provide continual feedback and input. As future needs and concerns arise, or if you would like to provide feedback regarding the latest version of the Kane County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, please use the form below to provide your comments.


Questions or Comments?

Public and stakeholder participation and feedback are a vital part of the hazard mitigation planning process. Please check this page regularly for information on upcoming opportunities to engage in the planning process. If you would like to get in touch with the project team, please use the following contact information:

Anne Wilford, CFM
Stormwater Manager
Department of Environmental and Water Resources
Kane County Government
719 S. Batavia Avenue
Geneva, IL 60134

Further Resources

Below you will find links to additional flood hazard information: ​ 

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