The City of Poquoson, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and Salter’s Creek Consulting have completed the update to the City of Poquoson’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Draft Plan can be reviewed at the link below.
In an effort to reduce the Nation's mounting natural disaster losses, Congress passed the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000). Section 322 of DMA 2000 requires that state and local governments develop a hazard mitigation plan in order to remain eligible for pre- and post-disaster mitigation funding. These funds include the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program, which are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Communities with an adopted and federally approved hazard mitigation plan are eligible for available mitigation funds before and after the next disaster strikes.
This Plan was prepared and updated in coordination with FEMA and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) to make certain it meets all applicable state and federal mitigation planning requirements. The 2014 update includes formatting and other changes to align the plan with the 2011 Southside Hampton Roads Hazard Mitigation Plan in anticipation of possibly joining future multi-jurisdictional planning processes. Interested citizens should pay particular attention to Section 7: Mitigation Strategy.
All interested parties are encouraged to review the Draft Plan and send comments via mail to Leigh Chapman, CFM, Salter’s Creek Consulting, 1 Peek Street, Hampton VA 23669 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org, by July 18, 2014.