FEMA defines hazard mitigation as:
A series of actions and policies designed to reduce and/or eliminate the impacts of naturally occurring disasters on people and property.
About the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
A hazard mitigation plan should be considered a living document that must grow and adapt, keeping pace with a community’s growth and change. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA) places high priority on the continuation of the planning process after the initial submittal, requiring communities to seek and receive re-approval from FEMA in order to remain eligible for assistance. The evaluation, revision and update process is also a means to create an increased institutional awareness and involvement in hazard mitigation as part of daily activities.
This Update will replace the existing 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The approach for this Update is premised on four primary methods, all geared towards meeting the requirements of the DMA 2000 Public Law 106-390, October 10, 2000:
- Planning Process—Outreach and Stakeholder Coordination
- Risk Assessment—Identifying Hazards and Estimating Losses
- Mitigation Strategy— Identifying Mitigation Actions and Implementation Strategies
- Plan Maintenance—Implementation, Evaluation and Revision/Update
The Town is currently updating the 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan is important because it helps the Town remain eligible to receive funding for projects that reduce the risk of injury or damage to property from future natural hazard events such as flooding and hurricanes. Please join us to hear about the progress on the plan’s update, learn about the mitigation actions for inclusion and contribute to the process.
Stay tuned for more information on how to get involved!
Craig Pereira—Project Manager
Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
55 Dorrance St. Suite 200
Providence, RI 02903