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City of Kivalina, Alaska: Local Hazards Mitigation Plan

City of Kivalina, ASCG Incorporated of Alaska, and Bechtol Planning and Development
Created: 11/13/2007 - Updated: 2/20/2018


The scope of the Kivalina Local Hazards Mitigation Plan (LHMP) is natural hazards: flooding, erosion, severe weather, and earthquake hazards. However, some of the mitigation projects for the natural hazards would also mitigate impacts from other hazards.

The Kivalina LHMP includes information to assist the city government, the Tribal government and residents with planning to avoid potential future disaster losses. The plan provides information on natural hazards that affect Kivalina and descriptions of past disasters, and lists projects that may help the community prevent disaster losses. The plan was developed to help the City make decisions regarding natural hazards that affect Kivalina.

Published On

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Community / Local
Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Capacity Building
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Create or modify shoreline management measures
Climate Type: 

Related Resources

Relocating the Village of Kivalina, Alaska Due to Coastal Erosion

This photo has been released into the public domain because it contains materials that originally came from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. No endorsement by licensor implied.

Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Climate Justice
Disaster Risk Management
Public Health
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Water Resources

Residents in Kivalina, Alaska have pursued relocation efforts for almost 20 years because of overcrowding and erosion problems. The village identified a preferred relocation site about eight miles away in Kiniktuuraq; this site was deemed unsuitable by the Army Corps of Engineers who found that flooding and erosion at the new site would cause additional problems.