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Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Mitigating hazard impacts on existing development within the City, and working to ensure that future development is conducted in a way that doesn't increase our vulnerability, is best done by having good plans, policies, and procedures in place. Hazard mitigation techniques include prevention, property protection, natural resource protection, structural projects, emergency services, and public education and awareness.

Section 322 of the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires local governments to develop an all-hazards mitigation plan in order to be eligible to receive future Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funds and other disaster-related assistance funding, and requires the plan be updated and adopted within a five year cycle.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan is intended to promote sound public policy designed to protect citizens, critical facilities, infrastructure, private property, and the natural environment. This can be achieved by increasing public awareness, documenting resources for risk reduction and loss-prevention, and identifying activities to guide the City towards the development of a safer, more sustainable community. To view the current SENC Hazard Mitigation Plan, adopted in 2016, please click the link below:

Southeastern NC Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

The current Plan expires April 25, 2021. City staff has been working with ESP Associates, Inc., county leads, and participating jurisdictions on evaluating and updating the current multi-jurisdictional Plan. This involves data collection and exchange, public awareness and stakeholder involvement, meetings and workshops, mitigation strategy development, and plan review and feedback. Upon completion of the Plan, it will be forwarded to FEMA for approval, before being adopted by the City of Boiling Spring Lakes Board of Commissioners.