The purpose of the current planning process is to update the City’s existing hazard mitigation plan (HMP) last updated in 2012. The HMP will be updated by using the most current information and data, conducting a thorough vulnerability analysis, and revising community priorities and subsequent mitigation actions.
What is a Hazard Mitigation Plan?
The plan is an official statement of the City’s hazards, vulnerability analysis, and mitigation strategy. The result of a collaborative multi-agency and citizen planning process. As a living document, it guides implementation activities to achieve the greatest reduction of vulnerability, which results in saved lives, reduced injuries, reduced property damages and protection for the environment.
Provide the public opportunities throughout the plan development and drafting process to provide input, taking special care to make the plan and outcome relevant to the impacted community.
Update the risk assessment using the most recent disaster data and information.
Update hazard mitigation goals, objectives and actions as they relate to reducing loss of life and property from natural and human-made hazards.
Obtain state and federal approval of the updated plan.
Why have a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan?
To ensure public consensus through a planning process on mitigation actions that best suit the community. Allows communities to focus efforts and limited resources on the most highly desirable mitigation projects. The City must have a State and federally approved plan to apply for and receive mitigation grants. These grants can augment local mitigation activities already underway and future planned activities too. Ultimately, these actions reduce vulnerability and communities are able to recover more quickly from disasters.