What is the Hazard Mitigation Plan?
Every five years, FEMA requires the Office of Emergency Management to update the City of Philadelphia’s Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The HMP helps the city, state, and federal government understand to what degree hazards, like flooding or a blizzard, may affect Philadelphia. The plan also looks at what City projects can help reduce damage from a disaster before it happens.
Hazard Mitigation Plan documents
Both the 2017 draft plan and the 2012 plan for natural hazards are available on the Hazard Mitigation Plan page.
Hazard Mitigation Plan community meetings
The Office of Emergency Management held a series of meetings in 2017 throughout Philadelphia during the plan writing process.
The meetings were to inform and solicit feedback from the public regarding the City’s planned revision of the Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires Hazard Mitigation Plan updates every 5 years. The plan was last finalized in 2012, and addresses a list of hazards that may impact the City.
The purpose of the hazard mitigation program is to identify projects, plans, and actions that can reduce or eliminate risks to people and property. The Office of Emergency Management gave a presentation on the development of the Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The presentations also included OEM’s READYHome workshop including personal and family preparedness tips. Attendees were able to provide feedback on how natural and human caused hazards affect them and their community.