Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) is federal legislation that emphasizes and gives opportunity for state, tribal, and local governments to closely coordinate hazard mitigation planning and implementation efforts.  This Act establishes a pre-disaster hazard mitigation program and new requirements for the national post-disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  Local mitigation plans must demonstrate that the proposed mitigation measures are based on a solid planning process that accounts for the risks to and the capabilities of the community. 
A mitigation plan is required for Federal mitigation funds under Section 104 of the DMA 2000 (42 USC 5165).  Individual funds for mitigation will vary and plans need to be community specific to guide the mitigation funds and meet the prerequisite to receive funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
An Interim Final Rule was published in the Federal Register in 2002 which established the planning and funding criteria for states and local communities.  For the plan to receive FEMA approval, all the criteria must get a satisfactory or greater score as well as be adopted by the governing bodies of the jurisdictions involved.
Both NHMPs address the six natural hazards that could affect the counties. 
They are:

  • Thunderstorms (including lightning, hail, and tornados)        
  • Winter Storms
  • Floods                                                                                               
  • Earthquakes
  • Drought                                                                                
  • Extreme temperatures (heat/cold)

Landslides and wildfires are two hazards that are examined but the probability of occurrence is very unlikely. 
            These NHMPs fulfill the Federal mitigation planning requirements, qualifies for Community Rating System credit, and provides BureauCounty, LaSalleCounty, MarshallCounty, PutnamCounty, and StarkCounty with an outline for reducing the impacts of natural hazards on people and property. 
The plans are in the final stages of approval by FEMA.  Every participating community has adopted the plan by resolution.  FEMA is currently writing the letters to each community to complete the plan approval.
For any questions regarding the NHMP contact our office at  815/433-5830. 

Please see the links below for Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans that NCICG has created:

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