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Resident Input Wanted on Hazard Mitigation Plan

Resident Input is needed by the Pike County Office of Community Planning as part of their update of Pike County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Please take a minute to complete a short survey: Pike County Hazard Mitigation Plan – www.surveymonkey.com/r/PikeCitizenSurvey

Pennsylvania counties are required to update their Hazard Mitigation Plan every 5 years.

Hazard Mitigation is defined as “any cost-effective action taken to eliminate or reduce the long-term risk to life and property from natural, man- made and/or technological hazards.” The phrase “cost effective” added to the definition stresses the importance of finding effective mitigation alternatives which over the long-term can also reduce the economic impacts to our communities’ tax base.

The Pike County Hazard Mitigation Plan has been prepared in response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirement established under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2002.  Pennsylvania created their plan to follow these regulations in 2004.  Pike County followed with their first plan in 2006 as it needed to follow the goals and objectives and be consistent with the State plan.

The Pike County Hazard Mitigation Plan assembles important inventory and data on potential hazards to our communities and prioritizes these hazards in frequency and severity. It analyzes and reviews alternative mitigation options based on the resource capabilities of our County and communities. The plan then selects the most appropriate course for future mitigation of the hazards facing our County residents. The plan will enable the County and its municipalities to effectively respond to hazards as they occur and reduce the potential risks of these hazards to the health, safety and welfare of our residents. Additionally, the Plan will allow for Pike County communities’ eligibility for a full range of assistance following hazard events.