In order to be better prepared for a natural or man-made disaster, it is vital for a community to have a hazard mitigation plan in place. A hazard mitigation plan outlines a long-term strategy for reducing damages to lives and property during a disaster. Buffalo Trace is responsible for maintaining a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan for our five county area.
Through mitigation planning, we have been able to successfully complete flood control and landslide buyout projects, obtain emergency communications upgrades, and assist communities in implementing planning and zoning. These are just a few of the items we have completed for our communities.
Mitigation planning is not the only activity Buffalo Trace oversees that increases the safety of our communities. The Citizen Corps program and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) program also aid in creating safer communities in our region.
The primary goal of the Citizen Corps program is the creation of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) groups in our five county area. The CERT groups take some of the burden from first responders during emergency and disaster events.
The NIMS program provides standardized procedures when a homeland security event occurs – this could be an act of terrorism or a natural disaster. These procedures were developed and proven by first responders across America.
Mitigation Plan Update
The Buffalo Trace Regional Hazard Mitigation 2014 Plan Update was submitted to FEMA in 2014 and is in review for approval. The plan will be available for download and open for public comment once approved.