Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan

Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to adopt the Northern Virginia Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan to assure continued compliance with teh Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 that requires local governments to adopt natural hazard mitigation plans to be eligible for funding under the Pre-Disaster and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs..

The 2017 Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available for download.

What is hazard mitigation planning?

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.  It is commonly defined as sustained actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects.  Hazard Mitigation focuses attention and resources on community policies and actions that will produce successive benefits over time. 

Developing hazard mitigation plans enables local governments to:

  • Increase education and awareness around hazards, and vulnerabilities;
  • Build partnerships for risk reduction;
  • Identify long-term, broadly-supported strategies for risk reduction;
  • Align risk reduction with other state, tribal, or community objectives;
  • Identify implementation approaches that focus resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities; and
  • Communicate priorities to potential sources of funding.

Moreover, a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan is a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. Ultimately, hazard mitigation planning enables action to reduce loss of life and property, lessening the impact of disasters.



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