2021 All Hazard Mitigation Plan
Welcome to the Hunterdon County Hazard Mitigation Planning (HMP) Project Website. This website provides project updates, resources, and links to hazard mitigation in support of the HMP project.
The goal of the HMP update is to save lives and protect property through the reduction of hazard vulnerability. During the course of this planning project, county and local leaders and the participating communities will work together to identify risks, assess capabilities, and formulate a strategy to reduce disaster vulnerability.
To learn more about the HMP update, please review our brochure (PDF).
If you would like more information regarding how to get involved in the project, please contact the Hunterdon County Division of Emergency Management via email.
Citizen Survey Questionnaire
Public participation and feedback is a vital part of the hazard mitigation planning process. Hunterdon County developed a Citizen Preparedness Survey to assist in providing the public an outlet to contribute to the Hunterdon County HMP update. This survey is anonymous and will be used to develop portions of the plan. Please visit the Citizen Survey Questionnaire.
As part of the HMP update planning process we are engaging stakeholders and are looking for your assistance (i.e., utilities, transportation, business/commerce, emergency services, health/medical). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in lieu of in-person outreach at this time, please consider taking the stakeholder survey so we may collect input in terms of capabilities, vulnerabilities and potential projects. Please view the Stakeholder Questionnaire.
Purpose & Need for the Plan
Hazard mitigation plans are developed before a disaster strikes. The plans identify community policies, actions, and tools for long-term implementation to reduce risk and potential for future losses. Adopted, implemented and maintained on an ongoing basis, these plans will gradually, but steadily, lessen the impacts associated with hazard events in Hunterdon County.
Under the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000), as of November 1, 2004 communities that do not have a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan in place are no longer eligible for FEMA project grant monies under long standing programs such as the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM) and newer grant programs such as the Severe Repetitive Loss Grant Program (SRL).
Jurisdictions located within Hunterdon County who wish to be recognized by FEMA as being compliant with the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) must either:
- Participate with Hunterdon County in the multi-jurisdictional plan development process and formally adopt the final plan, or
- Prepare their own hazard mitigation plan.
Elected and appointed government officials, business leaders, volunteers of non-profit organizations, citizens, and other stakeholders have been invited to participate in the coordinated multi-jurisdictional plan development process. Citizens of Hunterdon County will have the opportunity to participate by attendance at the various public meetings. The dates of these meeting will be posted on this website.
Active participation in the process is the only way a jurisdiction can be seen in FEMA's eyes as a 'participating jurisdiction' that has met the requirements of DMA 2000 and is therefore eligible to apply for Federal funds for hazard mitigation projects. Participation includes attending meetings, providing feedback and reaching out to the public and other key stakeholders in the community, and adopting the final plan.
- What is hazard mitigation?
Natural hazards have the potential to cause property loss, loss of life, economic hardship, and threats to public health and safety. While an important aspect of emergency management deals with disaster recovery - those actions that a community must take to repair damages and make itself whole in the wake of a natural disaster - an equally important aspect of emergency management involves hazard mitigation.
Hazard mitigation actions are efforts taken before a disaster happens to lessen the impact that future disasters of that type will have on people and property in the community. They are things you do today to be more protected in the future. Hazard mitigation actions taken in advance of a hazard event are essential to breaking the typical disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. With careful selection, hazard mitigation actions can be long-term, cost-effective means of reducing the risk of loss and help create a more disaster-resistant and sustainable community.
- What is a Hazard Mitigation Plan?
A Hazard Mitigation Plan is a well-organized and well-documented evaluation of the hazards that a jurisdiction is susceptible to, and the extent to which these events will occur. Hazard Mitigation Plans identify an area's vulnerability to the effects of the natural and man-made hazards, as well as the goals, objectives, and actions required for minimizing future loss of life, injury, property damage, and economic disruption as a result of hazard events.