Hazard Mitigation

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

7:30 PM

Cumberland Town Hall, Council Chambers (2nd floor)

45 Broad Street

Cumberland, RI 02864


About the Cumberland Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

The Town of Cumberland has been working over the past year to update the 2017 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 natural hazard events such as flooding, winter storms, and hurricanes. 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 financial assistance.

For more information, please visit the project webpage at:

https://www.cumberlandri.org/hazard-mitigation/

Contacts

Jonathan Stevens                                                                    Craig Pereira

Town of Cumberland                                                              Horsley Witten Group, Inc.

Director, Planning and Community Development              Project Manager

jstevens@cumberlandri.org                                                    cpereira@horsleywitten.com

(401) 728-2400 Ext. 142                                                            (401) 263-6048

Definition

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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.

Our Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Town of Cumberland has hired the Horsley Witten Group, Inc. to update the 2017 Cumberland Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF).

Why is this important? Hazard mitigation planning enables municipalities to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural hazards and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events. Further information is available on FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Planning page.

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 a 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 financial assistance.

Methods

The approach for this plan development 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

Online Community Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Survey to help us coordinate activities and identify future projects to address natural hazards and climate change impacts facing the community.

Documents

Hazard Mitigation Plan

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Contacts

Jonathan Stevens, Director of Planning and Community Development
Town of Cumberland
Email Jonathan Stevens
Phone: 401-728-2400, ext. 142

Craig Pereira, Project Manager
Horsley Witten Group, Incorporated
Email Craig Pereira
Phone: 401-263-6048