Hazard mitigation plan feedback needed
A public meeting for feedback on the development of Sugar Land’s Hazard Mitigation Plan will be held April 3, from 5-7 p.m., at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North.
“The purpose of hazard mitigation is to implement and sustain short- and long-term strategies that reduce our vulnerability from hazards like hurricanes, flooding and other disasters,” said Director of Emergency Management Pat Hughes.
Mitigation strategies include planning, policy and regulation changes, educational programs, infrastructure projects and other activities.
The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires communities to have an approved hazard mitigation plan in order to qualify for federal funding from the following grant programs: Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Flood Mitigation Assistance.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, core steps in the hazard mitigation process follow:
• Step 1: From the start, communities focus on the resources needed for a successful mitigation planning process. Essential steps include identifying and organizing interested members of the community as well as the technical expertise required during the planning process.
• Step 2: Next, communities need to identify the characteristics and potential consequences of hazards. It is important to understand how much of the community can be affected by specific hazards and what the impacts would be on important community assets.
• Step 3: Armed with an understanding of the risks posed by hazards, communities need to determine what their priorities should be and then look at possible ways to avoid or minimize the undesired effects. The result is a hazard mitigation plan and strategy for implementation.
• Step 4: Communities can bring the plan to life in a variety of ways, ranging from implementing specific mitigation projects to changes in day-to-day organizational operations. To ensure the success of an ongoing program, it is critical that the plan remains relevant. Thus, it is important to conduct periodic evaluations and make revisions as needed.
Sugar Land’s plan will identify important partnerships to ensure all stakeholders share in the decision-making process and implementation of actions before, during and after disasters.
“Our goal is to protect lives and property, as well as reduce the financial impact of future disasters,” said Hughes “Public participation is an important part of this process.”
Sugar Land Emergency Management will host three public meetings. Residents unable to attend the public meetings may provide online input through Online Town Hall at www.sugarlandtx.gov.
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