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We need input from residents to fully understand local hazard concerns in order to develop strategies that protect Niagara County from hazards.
UBRI is partnering with faculty and students at the School of Architecture and Planning to support the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services on a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).
FEMA requires counties to update HMPs every five years for local jurisdictions to be eligible for federal hazard mitigation funding. The New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) is leveraging a new online platform – mitigateny.org – to develop county HMPs. The Mitigate NY platform will be used to create an interactive HMP that can assist local stakeholders implementing mitigation efforts to better protect the community from hazards. Niagara County is among the first few counties in NYS to use this platform for its HMP update.
UBRI is working with Niagara County to enhance the hazard mitigation planning process by leveraging the Mitigate NY platform and other online tools, which can provide guidance to other counties updating future HMPs. The process involves community surveys, public meetings, forming a Mitigation Advisory Committee for project oversight, and a series of in-depth discussions with local officials from each municipality in Niagara County.
The planning process will lead to the release of the interactive draft Hazard Mitigation Plan on the Mitigate NY website in late spring 2022.
Community participation is critical to fully understand local hazard concerns and align funding for future mitigation projects to protect local residents and businesses from future hazards.
Input from local government officials in Niagara County is critical to the Hazard Mitigation Plan. We are collecting this feedback through surveys, forms, and working sessions with each municipality. Please contact Brian Conley at email@example.com for more information.