Schuylkill County seeks public input on Hazard Mitigation Plan

    The Schuylkill County Planning Department and Emergency Management Agency are asking the public for its input as it updates the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan – Planning Together for a Resilient Schuylkill County.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines hazard mitigation as a “sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards.”  Schuylkill County received a grant to complete a mandatory five-year update of its existing 2013 Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The goal of the plan is to identify projects that can reduce damages from future natural hazards.

    The plan includes a risk assessment and a hazard-mitigation strategy. The study focuses on existing and future buildings, infrastructure and critical facilities that might be impacted by natural and man-made hazards: blight; dam and levee failure; drought; flood; hazardous materials and transportation; hurricane and wind; mine subsidence; nuclear incidents; radon; tornado; wildfire and winter storms.

    Communities with an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan may apply for pre-disaster mitigation funding for projects to mitigate risk to both public and private property, such as home elevations, drainage and stormwater projects and emergency backup power. Ultimately these projects will reduce vulnerability and enable communities to recover more quickly from disasters.

    We welcome your review of the draft plan which may be found at https://www.scema.org/hazard-mitigation-plan-update-2019/

    For more information, contact Susan A. Smith, Planning Director at 570-628-1038 or ssmith@co.schuylkill.pa.us .

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