DRAFT HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN REVIEW
The City of San Antonio has just completed its draft Hazard Mitigation Plan. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate in the process and to comment on the draft Hazard Mitigation Plan during its drafting stages and prior to seeking final approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The goal of the plan is to minimize or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from known hazards by identifying and implementing cost-effective mitigation actions. Mitigation is defined by FEMA as sustained actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects.
A FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan is required for eligibility for grant funds through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant program. Grant funding may be available for critical projects such as acquisition and elevation of flood-prone and repetitive flood loss structures, drainage projects, and hardening critical facilities to minimize future damage from natural disasters.
Development of The Plan involves a risk assessment, multiple steps to analyze past and future hazard events that impact the area, and how these hazard risks and events affect people, buildings, and critical infrastructure. Another key component of the risk assessment is to assess the potential future impact of hazards based upon the current and projected development trends and plans for the City of San Antonio.
Comments, suggestions, corrections and additions are encouraged from all interested parties.
Please send review comments to:
Christopher M. Stokes, GISP, CEM ®
Special Projects Manager
San Antonio Office of Emergency Management
PO Box 23339, San Antonio, TX 78223-0339
Web site: http://www.sanantonio.gov/emergency/
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