Help Hampton Roads Create a Hazard Mitigation Plan

Three Public Meetings Scheduled Throughout the Region

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sixteen cities and counties in Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach, have joined together to create a new plan to help the region reduce the risk of future disasters. Now, city leaders need your help.

 

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission will coordinate the creation of a new hazard mitigation plan for our region. It will recommend specific actions to protect residents, business owners, homes and business from hazards that pose the greatest risk, including flooding and sea-level rise.

 

The plan will go beyond recommending structural solutions to reducing vulnerability, such as elevation, retrofitting and acquisition. It also will recommend local policies that guide community growth and development, incentives tied to natural resource protection, and public awareness and outreach activities to reduce future vulnerability.

 

Federal law requires localities to adopt hazard mitigation plans to be eligible for certain federal mitigation grant funds. It requires that these plans be updated every five years. Hampton Roads localities will pursue a regional, multi-jurisdictional plan.

 

Public involvement is a key component. To get involved, attend one of these three upcoming meetings. All meetings are at 6:30 p.m.:

 

  • Feb. 26 – Hampton, Sandy Bottom Nature Park, 1255 Big Bethel Road.
  • March 2 – Smithfield, The Smithfield Center, 220 N. Church St.
  • March 3 – Norfolk, Slover Public Library, 235 E. Plume St.

 

At least one future meeting will be held in Virginia Beach.

 

For more information, contact Erin Sutton at (757) 385-1076 or eesutton@vbgov.com. 

                                   

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