Hazard Mitigation is the sum of the many actions that can be taken at the local and regional level to reduce or eliminate the risk to human life and property from a variety of natural hazards, including drought, hurricanes, winter storms, and wildfires. Mitigation happens before disaster strikes, saving communities time, effort, and money as opposed to reacting only after an emergency.
In order to proactively plan to address hazards, the GWRC has led the development of regional hazard mitigation plans, with the first Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan produced in 2006, and updated in 2011 and 2017. The current 2017 Plan is available at the following link: Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan is intended to help citizens and governments in the region understand the risk of natural hazards, and how to mitigate these risks in the future.
This plan serves two roles within the Region:
- First, the plan identifies natural hazards that pose a threat to the safety, health, and economy of the region and its member jurisdictions, as well as steps that can be taken to reduce the impact of these natural hazards in the future, helping communities get back on their feet and back to normal lives as quickly and easily as possible. The community can reduce both the impact and cost of natural disasters through advance preparation rather than acting only after disaster has struck.
- Second, this plan ensures the region’s compliance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, which requires that local governments develop natural hazard mitigation plans in order to qualify for both pre-disaster and post-disaster grant opportunities. The Act requires that these plans demonstrate “a jurisdiction’s commitment to reduce risk from natural hazards, serving as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of natural hazards.”
2022 Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
Pursuant to the requirement that hazard mitigation plans be updated every five (5) years, the GWRC is developing an update of the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan in partnership with its local member jurisdictions: the towns of Bowling Green and Port Royal, the City of Fredericksburg, and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford, along with the Rappahannock Tribe. Information on the process and opportunities for engagement may be found below. Please email any questions or comments to email@example.com
- June 14, 2022 GWRC Press Release
- July 12, 2022 GWRC Press Release
- August 24, 2022 GWRC Press Release
- Project Management Team Meetings
Draft Plan for Public Review and Comment! The draft of the 2022 Update of the GWRC Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan along with individual chapters are available as provided below. The public’s review of the draft is appreciated, and comments and questions are welcomed and encouraged. Please email any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, the public is invited to attend the October 4, 2022 meeting of the Project Management Team, in-person at the GWRC offices or through remote participation (agenda above, with meeting location and Zoom information) to submit comments on the draft Plan to the Project Management Team.
As they are available revised versions of the draft chapters and the full Plan, based upon public and locality comments received as of September 19, 2022, have been provided below with tracked changes from the original draft. At the October 4 meeting, the Project Management Team will be considering approval of the draft plan based on public and locality comments and revisions for forwarding to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency for review.
- GWRC Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, 2022 Update (Full Plan) – updated 9/22/2022 with revisions shown – Appendices provided separately below
- Cover Page and Table of Contents – updated 9/22/2022 with revisions
- Executive Summary
- Chapter 1, Introduction – updated 9/22/2022 with revisions shown
- Chapter 2, Regional & Community Profiles – updated 9/22/2022 with revisions shown
- Chapter 3, The Planning Process – updated 9/22/2022 with revisions shown
- Chapter 4, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment – updated 9/23/2022 with revisions shown
- Chapter 5, Vulnerability Assessment – updated 9/22/2022 with revisions shown
- Chapter 6, Capability Assessment – updated 9/22/2022 with revisions shown
- Chapter 7, Mitigation Strategies – updated 9/22/2022 with revisions shown
- Chapter 8, Plan Implementation and Maintenance