In 2000, in an effort to reduce the Nation's mounting natural disaster losses, Congress passed the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 20000) that, among other items, requires state and local governments to develop a hazard mitigation plan in order to remain eligible for pre-and post-disaster mitigation funding.
Each of Hampton Roads localities developed and maintained their own plans until 2011, when the Peninsula and Southside Hampton Roads Mitigations Plans were developed for Hampton Roads sub-regional areas.
In 2017, the Hampton Roads Hazard Mitigation Plan was created and adopted by the 22 cities, counties and towns within the Hampton Roads region. The adoption of a true regional plan culminated a two year planning process that updated and combined six separate plans. The six separate plans and their year of adoption include:
The general purpose of the Hampton Roads Hazard Mitigation Plan is to:
The HRPDC and Salter’s Creek Consulting prepared the new regional Plan through funding provided via grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
For more information or to read the Plan, click HERE.