Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
Towner County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is preparing a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The county was successful in obtaining pre-disaster mitigation grant funds from the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and FEMA to support this important planning project. KLJ, a multi-disciplinary planning and engineering firm with offices throughout North Dakota and the region, was selected to assist Towner County develop the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.
This plan presents a strategy for reducing the county's vulnerability to the impacts of natural and man-made hazard events. Public participation is very important to the hazard mitigation planning process. Comments, questions or information you would like to share regarding hazards impacting the county may be submitted at any time. Notices of those public meetings and materials added to this website will be sent to everyone on the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan mailing list.
The primary objectives of the effort are to assess and reduce
risks associated with hazard events.
Risk Assessment – The process of measuring the potential loss of life, personal injury, economic loss and property damage resulting from natural hazards by assessing the community’s vulnerability to natural or man-made hazards.
Mitigation Strategy – The process of identifying actions and mitigation projects to reduce the impacts of hazards on the community.
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What is the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update?
Hazard Mitigation planning is a proactive effort to identify actions that can be taken to reduce the dangers to life and property from natural and man-made hazard events. These long-term strategies include planning, policy and regulation changes, educational programs, infrastructure projects, and other activities. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires all local governments that wish to be eligible to receive FEMA funding for pre-disaster hazard mitigation grants, to adopt a local pre-disaster multi-hazard mitigation plan and update this plan in five year intervals.
Why is this plan important?
The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that a community have an approved hazard mitigation plan in order to qualify for federal funding from the following grant programs:
- Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive (PDM-C)
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
- Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
What goes into a Multi-Hazard mitigation plan?
A pre-disaster hazard mitigation plan assesses a community’s risks and vulnerabilities to natural and man-made hazard events such as flooding, wildfire, winter storms, and summer storms. The county’s consultant, KLJ, uses statewide data and information directly from the community to make this assessment. The plan includes a set of goals related to the overall goal of multi-hazard mitigation planning, an assessment of existing mitigation measures, and a set of new mitigation measures that will serve to advance the plan’s goals. The plan update will also look at implementation progress that has been made on mitigation measures from the county’s previous plan.
How can the public become involved?
Public participation is very important to the multi-hazard mitigation planning process. Comments, questions or information you would like to share regarding natural or man-made hazards impacting the county, may be submitted at any time. Notices of public meetings and materials added to this website will be sent to everyone on the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Mailing list.