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Hazard Mitigation Planning 2017-05-31T11:16:23+00:00

Flood_stopTJPDC works with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), and local emergency managers to develop and maintain a regional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. These plans are updated every 5-years and provide details on how our communities can take action to prepare for natural disasters before they strike, thus reducing the potential for loss of life and property damage when disasters do occur. The hazard mitigation efforts are supported by the Hazard Mitigation Working Group.

Comments Sought on DRAFT Regional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) invites all interested citizens to comment on the Draft Regional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The HMP identifies goals, objectives and specific actions to help our communities prepare for natural disasters before they occur, in order to reduce loss of life and property damage. The draft plan is available below in sections, for ease of downloading and review. Comments are accepted until June 30, 2017. Submit your comments to bcampbell@tjpdc.org.

Sections of Plan

The following sections are included in the plan:

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction and Planning Process – general overview of hazard mitigation, and the process through which the plan was developed, including public input.
  3. Community Profile – general information about communities in the planning district.
  4. Hazard Identification and Analysis (HIRA) – general information about potential hazards in the planning district, the historic record of hazard events, and the probability of future events.
  5. Vulnerability Assessment – analysis of the impact hazards could cause, with estimated potential losses for various hazard scenarios.
  6. Capabilities Assessment – survey of current local capacity to prepare for natural hazards.
  7. Mitigation Strategies – goals, objectives, and action items selected to mitigate hazards identified.

2012 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

Copies of the 2012 Regional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan are available for download below. The plan has been adopted by all six jurisdictions in the PDC and in many cases these localities have include the plans recommendations in their comprehensive plans.

2017 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

TJPDC was awarded a grant by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) to update the 5-year hazard mitigation plan. TJPDC staff will be working with regional emergency management staff and citizens to update the plan. The update is being managed by the TJPDC in conjunction with the Hazard Mitigation Working Group.

For additional information please contact Wood Hudson, TJPDC Environmental Planner, (434) 422-4825 or email whudson@tjpdc.org