Hazard Mitigation Planning
While natural disasters cannot be prevented from occurring, the continued implementation of our hazard mitigation plan over the long-term will gradually, but steadily, lessen the impacts associated with hazard events in our county.
Purpose & Need for the Plan
Hazard mitigation plans are developed before a disaster strikes. The plans identify community policies, actions, and
tools for long-term implementation to reduce risk and potential for future losses. Adopted, implemented and maintained on an ongoing basis, these plans will gradually, but steadily, lessen the impacts associated with hazard events in Rensselaer County.
As of November 1, 2004 communities that do not have a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved hazard mitigation plan in place are no longer eligible for FEMA project grant monies under programs such as the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM).
Jurisdictions located within Rensselaer County who wish to be recognized by FEMA as being compliant with DMA 2000 must either:
- Participate with the County in the multi-jurisdictional plan development process and formally adopt the final plan
- Prepare their own hazard mitigation plan
Elected and appointed government officials, business leaders, volunteers of non-profit organizations, citizens, and other stakeholders are being invited to participate in our multi-jurisdictional plan development process as part of our Rensselaer County Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (the "Planning Committee").
Active participation in the process is the only way a jurisdiction can be seen in FEMA's eyes as a 'participating jurisdiction' that has met the requirements of DMA 2000 and is therefore eligible to apply for Federal funds for hazard mitigation projects. Participation includes attending meetings, providing feedback and reaching out to the public and other key stakeholders in the community, and adopting the final plan.
The hazard mitigation planning process will be conducted over the course of approximately one year, beginning in the Summer of 2010. Key steps of the process include:
- Research a full range of natural hazard events
- Identify the subset of significant hazards, these will be the focus of the plan
- Identify the location and extent of hazard areas
- Identify assets located within hazard areas
- Characterize existing and potential future assets at risk by analyzing land uses and development trends
- Assess vulnerabilities to the identified hazards
- Identify local, state, and Federal capabilities that support hazard mitigation.
- Develop a mitigation strategy by evaluating and prioritizing goals, objectives, and hazard mitigation actions
- Adopt the plan
- Implement the Plan and monitor its progress
- While natural disasters cannot be prevented from occurring, the continued implementation of our hazard mitigation plan over the long-term will gradually, but steadily, lessen the impacts associated with hazard events in our county