The Region 23 Emergency Management Agency is updating their Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) with the assistance of JEO Consulting Group. An HMP is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerabilities to natural and man-made hazards, then determines mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate those vulnerabilities. This project also includes a regional assessment of wildfire vulnerability and the update of the Pine Ridge Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Having an approved HMP is a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for jurisdictions to become eligible for Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants. An HMP will enable your community to be stronger and more resilient by:
- Reducing your community's risk and impacts from disasters,
- Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and
- Building partnerships with stakeholders within your community and region.
HMPs are required to be updated and approved every five years. The Region 23 EMA last updated their HMP in 2015. Throughout the planning process, members of the community are invited to participate by attending public meetings and providing information for the plan. Jurisdictions eligible to participate include:
- School Districts
- Fire Districts
- Local Health Departments
- Other taxing authorities
This plan update is funded by a FEMA planning grant which offers 75% federal funding with a 25% local match. Region 23 EMA and participating jurisdictions are providing the 25% local match.