NYS Standard Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
(State Mitigation Plan) 2014 - DRAFT
Draft Plan Available for Review:
New York State is updating its current State Hazard Mitigation Plan, which must be approved by FEMA and adopted by the State by January 3, 2014. An initial draft of this plan is available for public review.
Every three years New York State DHSES updates the NYS Standard Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan with assistance from sister agencies and other interested stakeholders. There are many reasons to do this, not least of which is FEMA's requirement that our State must have a Mitigation Plan for State agencies, local governments and certain private non-profits (PNPs) to access federal recovery funds after a Presidential declaration. In the past three years, the current NYS Hazard Mitigation Plan has provided eligible NYS and local governments and PNPs with federal disaster assistance for more than $7.2 billion in damages, and continuation of NYS's eligibility through approval and adoption of the updated plan is essential to ensure that many billions more in funding remain available at the state and local levels over the next three years as New York rebuilds after Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and Superstorm Sandy.
That notwithstanding, the Plan serves other valuable functions as well:
- It documents New York's progress in identifying risks and mitigating natural hazards to avoid the loss of lives and injury, and reduce the damage to state-owned and -managed infrastructure.
- It serves as a reference document and information source for local governments as they develop local hazard mitigation plans to reduce their own risk and access the full suite of federal disaster funding.
All this takes on more importance as disasters, including severe flooding, seem to occur at an increasing pace and the financial resources to rebuild remain scarce. In short, hazard mitigation is sound fiscal policy in good times and bad.
Updated Plan Drafts:
- Initial Draft of 2014 State Hazard Mitigation Plan (Full Document)
- Section 1 - Introduction to the State Hazard Mitigation Plan
- Section 2 - Planning Process
- Section 3.0 - Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (includes 3.1 Overview & Methodology and 3.2 Summary of Hazards Assessed for Risk & Potential Losses)
- Section 3.3 - Avalanche
- Section 3.4- Climate Change
- Section 3.5 - Coastal Erosion
- Section 3.6 - Drought
- Section 3.7 - Earthquake
- Section 3.8 - Extreme Temperatures
- Section 3.9 - Flood
- Section 3.10 - Hailstorm
- Section 3.11 - High Winds
- Section 3.12 - Hurricane
- Section 3.13 - Land Subsidence/Expansive Soils
- Section 3.14 - Landslide
- Section 3.15 - Severe Winter Storm
- Section 3.16 - Tsunami
- Section 3.17 - Wildfire
- Section 4 - Mitigation Strategy
- Section 5 - Coordination of Local Mitigation Planning
- Section 6 - Plan Maintenance Process
- Section 7 - Severe Repetitive Loss Strategy