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Recovery Assistance & Mitigation Planning

Recovery Planner Jennifer Gerbasi

 
 

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Hazard mitigation planning, the effort to reduce or eliminate the risks from hazards to people and property, is the first of the four phases of risk management. It is followed by preparedness, response, and recovery.  Although the mitigation planning stage of risk management often gets the least attention, it is one of the most important steps in creating a disaster-resistant community.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) amended the Stafford Act to reinforce the importance of mitigation planning and emphasize planning for disasters before they occur.  States and communities must have an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) to be eligible to apply for and receive FEMA hazard mitigation funds which are critical to many of the Parish’s initiatives.

Benefits of Mitigation Planning

Hazard mitigation planning help communities reduce their risk from hazards by identifying vulnerabilities and developing strategies to lessen and sometimes even eliminate the effects of the hazard. Some of the benefits of mitigation planning are as follows:

  • Leads to identification, selection, and prioritization of risk-reduction actions. Hazard mitigation planning is a systematic process of learning about the hazards that can affect the Parish; setting clear goals; and identifying policies, programs, and actions that reduce losses from disasters.
  • Builds partnerships. The Parish strives to bring together a broad range of stakeholders to achieve a common vision and reduce duplication of efforts among organizations with similar or overlapping goals.
  • Creates a more sustainable and disaster-resistant community. There is an intrinsic link between the concept of natural hazard risk reduction and sustainability. An essential characteristic of a sustainable community is its resilience to disasters.
  • Informs funding priority setting. The mitigation planning process will consider potential funding sources for each project and develop cost estimates where feasible.  
  • Increases public awareness of natural hazards. Mitigation planning provides a venue to help all stakeholders better understand the magnitude and number of threats to public health, safety, welfare, economic vitality, and the operational capability of critical infrastructure.

Terrebonne Parish is required to update the plan and earn state and FEMA approval by March 2015.  Meetings are ongoing.  Click below for information from current and future meetings:

Meeting 1. May 22, 2014 Kickoff Presentation
Meeting Notes
 
Meeting 2. July 17, 2014, 2-4pm at FolkLife Museum
Meeting Agenda
Meeting Notes
Hazard Mitigation Combined Maps
Hazard Mitigation Projects Update - July 24, 2014
Meeting Presentation
 
Meeting 3. August 7, 2014, 10am at Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum
Meeting Announcement
Meeting Agenda
Meeting Notes
Hazard Mitigation Projects Update - July 28, 2014
Meeting Presentation
 
Meeting 4. September 12, 2014, 2:00pm at Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum
Meeting Announcement
Meeting Agenda
Meeting Presentation
Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting Attachments
Hazard Mitigation Plan Update September 2014
 
Meeting 5. October 6, 2014, 5:30pm at Folklife Cultural Center
Meeting Announcement
Meeting Notes
Meeting VI Discussion Points
Flood Damage Prevention Outreach Survey Results - August 29, 2013
Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance Update Proposal - September 11, 2013
 
  Plan Adopted by Council March 25, 2015
Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2014 - Adopted
 
  Draft Submitted for Review - October 31, 2014
Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting Attachments
Hazard Mitigation Plan Update October 2014

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