Hazard Mitigation Plan


Contents

Background

Why Prepare a Plan?

Washtenaw County Hazard Mitigation Plan

Local Unit of Government Hazard Mitigation Plans

Top 10 Hazards in Washtenaw County

Hazard Mitigation Presentation

Contact Information

Background

The Robert T. Stafford Act, Section 404, allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide hazard mitigation assistance. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 amended the Stafford Act to require communities to have a Hazard Mitigation Plan approved in order to receive funding assistance from FEMA. To facilitate the preparation of Hazard Mitigation Plans, FEMA established the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). FEMA provided money to the Emergency Management Division of the Michigan Department of State Police (EMD/MSP), which in-turn provides assistance to counties and major municipalities for plan preparation. By November 2004 , a community will need to have an adopted plan in order to access financial assistance from FEMA.

Washtenaw County partnered with the City of Ann Arbor and received a FEMA grant from the EMD/MSP for preparation of Hazard Mitigation Plans for each Local Unit of Government. The partnership brought together the two emergency management programs within the County the Washtenaw County Emergency Management Division and the City of Ann Arbor Office of Emergency Management. 

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Why Prepare a Plan?

Although a Plan is not a mandated activity, having an adopted Plan would best position Washtenaw County and County communities to mitigate hazards, as well as receive funding for mitigation projects. Local Units of Government can be eligible to receive funding for projects if the LUG:

  1. Participated in discussions for their plan
  2. Suggested projects for their community, and
  3. Officially adopted the plan.

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Washtenaw County Hazard Mitigation Plan

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Local Unit of Government Hazard Mitigation Plans

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Top 10 Hazards in Washtenaw County

  1. Convective Weather (Thunderstorms and Tornados)
  2. Hazardous Materials Transportation Accidents
  3. Hazardous Materials Facilities Incidents
  4. Snow and Ice Storms
  5. Major Transportation Accidents
  6. Floods
  7. Wildfires
  8. Civil Unrest
  9. Nuclear Facility Accident
  10. Earthquakes

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Hazard Mitigation Presentation

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Contact Information
David Halteman, Assistant Director
Emergency Management
Phone: (734) 973-4900
Fax:  (734) 971-6732

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