Welcome to the CTUIR Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) website. The HMP will help CTUIR to prevent significant property damage and loss of life in the event of a disaster. The HMP is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) every five years for our community to be eligible for certain types of grant funding. This website provides project updates and ways that community members can influence plan development.
The goal of the project is to save lives, property, and natural resources by reducing the vulnerability of the UIR to disaster events. During this planning project, CTUIR and local leaders will identify risks, assess capabilities, and formulate a strategy to reduce our community’s disaster vulnerability.
Public and stakeholder participation and feedback is a vital part of the hazard mitigation planning process. Please check back regularly for information on upcoming opportunities to engage in the planning process. If you would like to get in touch with the project team, please use the following contact information.
Rob Burnside, Public Safety Director
Every year, natural hazards like wildfires, flooding, and drought cause property damage, loss of life, economic hardship, and other threats to our community’s public safety. In 2020 alone, there were 22 events across the United States that caused more than one billion dollars in damages.
Our communities must address the response to these disasters – saving lives and property, and the recovery from disasters – repairing damages and making our community whole again.
Before a disaster strikes, we can also work to mitigate potential damages and loss of life. This is the goal of the hazard mitigation plan.
What is Hazard Mitigation?
Hazard mitigation is any sustainable action to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Mitigation breaks the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.
Hazard mitigation projects are the ways we can lessen the impact of future disasters on our community. They are the things we can do in the short-term to be more protected in the future. Mitigation is a cost-effective way to reduce the risk of loss and help make CTUIR more resilient. FEMA estimates that for every dollar invested in mitigation, we save six dollars in future costs during response and recovery to a disaster.
What is a Hazard Mitigation Plan?
A hazard mitigation plan is developed BEFORE a disaster strikes. Hazard mitigation planning has a wide range of benefits for our community. A well-organized plan will help us to document the hazards we face, the likelihood they will occur, and our community’s vulnerability to the effects of the hazards. It also lays out clear, community-informed goals and actions required for minimizing future loss of life, injury, property damage, and economic disruption.
The hazard mitigation plan will help to:
- Protect human life and prevent damage or loss of property.
- Ensure continuity of government services and local business.
- Promote inter-agency coordination and response.
- Increase public awareness and preparedness about hazards within the community.
- Develop more sustainable and disaster-resistant communities.
- Maintain compliance with Federal regulations and requirements for continued eligibility for mitigation grant funding. Plans must be updated and approved by FEMA every 5 years.
Under the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000), communities that do not have a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan in place are no longer eligible for FEMA project grants under long standing programs such as the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and the Building Resilience Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC).
The 2021 HMP update will be organized into three distinct project phases.
Phase 1: Risk Analysis [April – June 2021]
In this phase, the planning team will engage residents, government officials, and subject matter experts to understand the unique assets in our community that should be protected, the hazards we face, and the risks posed to our community - the impacts on our most vulnerable assets and community members.
Phase 2: Mitigation Strategy [June – August 2021]
In this phase, the planning team will develop a strategy that advances our shared mitigation goals, identified through public involvement efforts. The strategy will keep in mind our community’s existing plans, policies, and programs, and address our top priority hazards and identified risks from Phase 1. This strategy will include a clear action plan that prioritizes the different projects, plans, and policies that can mitigate property damage and loss of life from a disaster. Each action will be evaluated based on cost benefit, time frame, existing partnerships, and more.
Phase 3: Implementation & Monitoring [September 2021 through 2026]
With an action plan in hand, the planning team will work to identify local, state, and federal programs that can help advance our priority actions. The plan will be submitted to FEMA for approval, and then adopted by CTUIR Board of Trustees. Every year, the planning team will meet to monitor and report on progress on identified mitigation actions. In 2026, the plan will be completely reviewed and updated, continuing on a five-year cycle. Continued implementation of mitigation actions will help us steadily reduce the risks posed by hazards to our community.
Residents, CTUIR members, and other community stakeholders will be regularly engaged in the hazard mitigation planning process. Key roles for members of the public include:
- Shape the mitigation goals that guide the focus of the entire plan.
- Inform priority community assets and vulnerable groups.
- Prioritize mitigation actions for the community to implement over the life of the plan.
You can submit a public comment at any time during the planning process by emailing Leah Rausch at Leah.Rausch@i-s-consulting.com. We also ask that residents join the following public meetings to provide feedback and comment:
- Public Meeting #1 – Wednesday, May 19 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Join the virtual public meeting using this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1446716282
The goal of this meeting is to establish public priorities prior to plan development. The focus will include the planning process, priority hazards, and mitigation goals.
- Public Meeting #2 – August 2021, more details to follow
The goal of this meeting is to review the draft version of the plan and provide feedback on the mitigation strategy, specifically the priority action items.
A draft of the 2021 CTUIR Hazard Mitigation is now available for public comment and review! Submit your comments and questions to Rob Burnside (RobBurnside@ctuir.org) or Leah Rausch (Leah.Rausch@i-s-consulting.com) by September 28, 2021.