Hazard Mitigation Plan
The purpose of this project is to update the Hudson County Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). A HMP demonstrates a jurisdiction’s commitment to reducing risks from natural hazards and serves as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to minimize the effects of natural and human caused hazards. The HMP is the blueprint for reducing the county’s vulnerability to disasters and hazards. The HMP is intended to integrate with planning mechanisms already in place such as building and zoning regulations, environmental planning, and long-range planning mechanisms. The planning process includes conducting a thorough hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA), creating county and municipal disaster mitigation priorities, and creating subsequent mitigation actions and projects for the county and participating municipalities.
By participating in the planning process, the county and municipalities will be eligible to apply for and receive grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reduce vulnerability of residents within the county. Reducing vulnerability helps to break the disaster cycle and ensures a sustainable future for the next generation. After receiving FEMA approval of the HMP, the county and participating municipalities are eligible to receive grants from the following funding sources:
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMPG): HMGP assists in implementing long-term hazard mitigation measures following Presidential disaster declarations. Funding is available to implement projects in accordance with State, Tribal, and local priorities.
- Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM): PDM provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster. The goal of the PDM program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on Federal funding from actual disaster declarations.
- Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA): FMA provides funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
In addition to the county and participating municipalities, the planning team is actively involving many private sector, non-profit, and other community partners in the planning process. The approach is consistent with the “Whole Community Approach” which seeks to involve the entire community in disaster and hazard planning.
The objectives of the Hudson County Hazard Mitigation Planning (HMP) Project are to:
- Provide the public opportunities throughout the plan development and drafting process to provide input.
- Conduct a thorough hazard vulnerability analysis and risk assessment using the most recent disaster data and information.
- Formulate hazard mitigation goals, objectives and actions as they relate to reducing loss of life and property from natural hazards.
- Obtain state and federal approval of the HMP.
The following links provide information on hazard mitigation planning from various sources including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, local entities, and other planning partners.
Hazard Mitigation Sites
FEMA Mitigation Home Page: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk-management/hazard-mitigation-planning
FEMA Mitigation Grants Home Page: https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management – Mitigation Division: http://ready.nj.gov/mitigation/index.shtml
State of New Jersey 2014 State Hazard Mitigation Plan: http://ready.nj.gov/mitigation/hazard-mitigation-plans.shtml