The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management will review the updated draft of the City’s 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) during an upcoming public meeting.

The HMP identifies natural and human-caused hazards that the city is or may be vulnerable to and outlines mitigation or risk reduction strategies for incidents and events. Every five years, FEMA requires OEM to update the plan. This update, the city’s third, is due this year.

The review meeting, to be held virtually on Zoom Monday, January 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., is open to all planning partners and the public. You can register to view and participate in the meeting by visiting on Eventbrite.

Public and city partner input is encouraged and incorporated in the revision process. The 2022 update has already solicited hundreds of responses from residents through an online survey as well as working with over 80 partners for comment.

Following this workshop, the draft plan will be published on OEM’s website for a 30-day public review and comment period. Printed copies will also be available at several to-be-announced Free Library of Philadelphia locations.

Feedback will be documented in the plan prior to submission to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and then Philadelphia City Council for review prior to approval in the Spring.

More information on The City of Philadelphia’s Hazard Mitigation Plan can be found on OEM’s HMP webpage or blog.