FEMA defines hazard mitigation as:
A series of actions and policies designed to reduce and/or eliminate the impacts of naturally occurring disasters on people and property.
About the Brewster Hazard Mitigation Plan
A hazard mitigation plan should be considered a living document that must grow and adapt, keeping pace with a community’s growth and change. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA) places high priority on the continuation of the planning process after the initial submittal, requiring communities to seek and receive re-approval from FEMA in order to remain eligible for assistance. The evaluation, revision and update process is also a means to create an increased institutional awareness and involvement in hazard mitigation as part of daily activities.
The approach for this plan is premised on four primary methods, all geared towards meeting the requirements of the DMA 2000 Public Law 106-390, October 10, 2000:
- Planning Process—Outreach and Stakeholder Coordination
- Risk Assessment—Identifying Hazards and Estimating Losses
- Mitigation Strategy— Identifying Mitigation Actions and Implementation Strategies
- Plan Maintenance—Implementation, Evaluation and Revision/Update
The Town of Brewster is currently developing a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan is important because it helps the Town plan and receive funding for projects that reduce the risk of injury or damage to property from future natural, communicable, human-caused or technological hazard events such as flooding, hurricanes or cyber security. This Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan update will build on some of the work already completed by the Town including the Brewster Coastal Adaptation Strategy (September 2016), Town of Brewster Vision Plan (2018), the Town of Brewster Coastal Resource Management Plan (2019), and the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan (2019).
Virtual Public Workshop, November 30. 8pm.
Craig Pereira—Project Manager
Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
55 Dorrance St. Suite 200
Providence, RI 02903