Hazard mitigation is commonly defined as “sustained actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects.”
A hazard mitigation plan states the aspirations and specific courses of action that a community intends to follow to reduce vulnerability and exposure to future hazard events.
The Northern Neck region is in the process of updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was last updated in 2011. FEMA and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have provided funding to update the plan with the assistance of a consultant.
The consultant, Dewberry, worked with Northern Neck localities through a “Kick-Off” meeting on 02/27/17, a “HIRA, Goals, and Mitigation Actions” meeting on 04/05/17, and a “Vulnerability Review & Mitigation Actions” meeting on 05/31/17, followed by one-on-one consultations on the phone. The resulting draft update is now available for review by the participating localities, VDEM, and FEMA. Relevant documents can be viewed and/or downloaded from the following links:
An example of a hazard-mitigation action is the elevation of homes in order to remove them from the floodplain and avoid damage during future flooding events. The Northern Neck Planning District Commission has assisted Lancaster County and Northumberland County with several home-elevation projects in the last few years.