Hazard Mitigation

Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans

Hazard Mitigation is the sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards and their effects. The purpose of hazard mitigation planning is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses. Mitigation Plans form the foundation for a community’s long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.

KBRPC works with the Missouri State Emergency Management Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and local governments to develop local mitigation plans for our 7 county region. A current HMP allows your county, and the included communities, to be eligible for financial funding from FEMA for both pre- and post-disasters, and is designed to help the participating communities become more sustainable and disaster-resistant through selecting the most appropriate mitigation measures. Hazard Mitigation Plans must be updated every 5 years, and the Hazard Mitigation Planner at KBRPC works closely with the counties and communities to ensure their HMP is current and up-to-date.

In 2016, KBRPC worked with area municipalities to update St. Clair and Benton County’s Hazard Mitigation Plans. Throughout the process, participants worked to identify the type of natural hazards occurring within St. Clair and Benton Counties, analyze the monetary and physical impacts of these hazards, and identify action items to reduce the county’s vulnerability to these hazards. The planning teams have identified a Mitigation Strategy, a list of action steps taken today to reduce the loss of life and property in the future. The teams believe this plan addresses the county’s most pressing mitigation needs.

A current NHMP allows your county, and the included communities, to be eligible for financial funding from FEMA for both pre and post-disasters, and is designed to help the participating communities become more sustainable and disaster-resistant through selecting the most appropriate mitigation measures. NHMPs must be updated every 5 years, and the Hazard Mitigation Coordinator at KBRPC works closely with the counties and communities to ensure their NHMP is current and up-to-date. This year, we will begin updating Cedar, Henry, Hickory, and Vernon County’s mitigation plans as they are due to expire in 2018.  Please check back for more updates.  You can click on the links provided below for the most recently published plans.

Bates County 2013 NHMP

Benton County 2016 NHMP

Cedar County 2013 NHMP

Henry County 2013 NHMP

Hickory County 2013 NHMP

St. Clair County 2016 NHMP

Vernon County 2013 NHMP

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What is a County Hazard Mitigation Plan?

A County Hazard Mitigation Plan is a multi-jurisdictional plan that identifies major hazards such as: floods, thunderstorms, tornadoes, etc. that impact the jurisdictions within the county, and actions that can be taken to mitigate the negative consequences of those hazards.This plan must be updated every five years and reviewed annually. This is a requirement of federal law. Any participating jurisdiction is then eligible to apply for funding through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant programs. These grants can fund projects such as: flood buyouts, tornado safe rooms, low water crossing replacements, structure elevation, and retrofitting of existing buildings.

What is mitigation?

Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. In order for mitigation to be effective we need to take action now before the next disaster to reduce human and financial consequences later (analyzing risk, reducing risk, and insuring against risk). It is important to know that disasters can happen at any time and any place and if we are not prepared, consequences can be fatal.

Why is this important to me?

Without mitigation actions, we jeopardize our safety, financial security, and self reliance. Disasters can happen at anytime and any place. Human and financial consequences are hard to predict.What we can change is the way we act to reduce the effects of these natural events on our families, our homes, our schools, our places of worship and learning, and the whole community. Without taking action, we can be sure we’ll get zero results, but by knowing the risks we face, and by taking appropriate action to reduce those risks, we’ll significantly better our chances of surviving the event and recovering more quickly.

What can I do?

Provide your input and participate in actions! Now is the opportunity to weigh-in on what hazards you view as a risk to your community and what actions should be taken to help mitigate negative impacts. Contact your local elected officials or Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission, the office facilitating the update of the plan, at csanders@kaysinger.com to provide your comments. Continue to check back here for a list of upcoming meetings in your county.

Want more information?

FEMA and SEMA have a significant amount of information on Hazard Mitigation. Check out the following websites for more details:

MOSEMA: Mitigation Management

FEMA: What is Mitigation

Identifying Hazards

The following natural hazards have been identified as posing potential risks in the KBRPC area:

  • Dam Failures
  • Drought
  • Earthquake
  • Extreme Heat
  • Flood (includes ravine flooding, flash flooding, and storm water flooding)
  • Levee Failure
  • Land Subsidence/Sinkhole
  • Severe Winter Weather (Snow, Ice, and Extreme Cold)
  • Tornado and Thunderstorm (Lightning, Hail, and High Winds)
  • Wildfire

The Five Phases of Emergency Management are:

  1. Prevention
  2. Preparedness
  3. Response
  4. Recovery
  5. Mitigation

County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

The planning process for County Hazard Mitigation Plans are underway for Bates, Cedar, Henry, Hickory and Vernon counties. All plans are in different stages of the process, but all will be completed in 2018. Every five years, the State requires each County to update their plan to mitigate natural hazards, such as flooding, tornadoes, wind, ice, etc.  By including actions into this plan, such as storm shelters, safe rooms, or even culverts, funding through FEMA and SEMA becomes available to cities, counties, not-for-profits, and school districts to address these actions. However, any non-participating jurisdiction becomes ineligible to apply. A good example is a school district that declines to participate, but later wishes to expand by building a safe room, but is ineligible for funding that could have covered the majority of the cost of their desired expansion. However, a participating jurisdiction recently built a new gym that also serves as a safe room, and approximately 75% of the cost was covered by FEMA. As the process for the County HMP continues, you will be able to find meeting materials below. If you have any additional questions about this process, please contact Cassie Sanders at (660) 885-3393 or via email.

CEDAR COUNTY SURVEYS

To take the public survey on-line, click here

CEDAR COUNTY MEETINGS