Hazard Mitigation Planning

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Hazard mitigation planning is a long term strategy to reduce the losses to the community from natural and man made disasters.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires states and localities to prepare hazard mitigation plans in order to be eligible for mitigation funding. The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) has created a hazard mitigation plan for the Southside of Hampton Roads.  The multi-jurisdictional participation includes Isle of Wight County and the Towns of Smithfield and Windsor.  Every five years, the plan must be updated.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies possible hazards and analyzes the risk of each event through a probability rating index. Each locality outlines mitigation actions which they would like to commence during the five year period such as the county acquiring flood prone property from private landowners.  Setting these goals allows the locality to be eligible for hazard mitigation grant funding.

Currently, the County is involved with updating the Southside Hazard Mitigation Plan which is expected to be completed in Early 2016, for more information click HERE.

Useful Links for Hazard Planning

The Official Site for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Virginia Floodplain Management Association

FEMA’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Page



For more information please contact:

Kim Hummel, Environmental Planner

PH: 757-357-9114


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