Queen Anne's County created the Queen Anne's County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Stafford Act, the National Flood Insurance Act, and 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Queen Anne's County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in July of 2005. This plan must be updated and approved by FEMA every five years.
The Purpose (Mission)
In updating the plan the following targets will be met:
Queen Anne's County will benefit from this project by:
Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Process:
This process has four steps:
Step 1: Organize Resources / 5-Year Plan Review. From the start, there is a focus on the resources needed for a successful mitigation planning process. The project plan, planning process, and timeframes are established; stakeholders interested in participating in the plan update process are identified; methods for conducting public outreach are determined; and the existing plan is reviewed. The 5-year plan review is essential in identifying features of the existing plan that work, those that don’t and information that has the potential to change the plan.
Step 2: Update the Essential Elements of the Plan. Next, the essential elements – the Risk Assessment, Capability Assessment, Mitigation Strategy, and Plan Maintenance Section are reviewed and updated as appropriate. Sometimes, new information or tools are available that can improve the existing plan. Also, the plan is updated to reflect current community values, goals, and priorities. These updates are led by the local mitigation planning committee.
Step 3: Draft the Plan. After the plan has been thoroughly reviewed and sections updated, a new draft plan is developed and reviewed by the mitigation planning committee.
Step 4: Adopt the Plan. After the mitigation plan has
been drafted and opportunities for public review and comment have occurred, it
is reviewed by the state and FEMA for compliance with the federal laws that
govern mitigation planning. Upon receipt
of FEMA’s approval, the community then adopts the plan.