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FEMA Approves Draft of Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan for Broome County

BINGHAMTON, NY - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced their approval of the draft Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan prepared by the Broome County Department of Planning and Economic Development and the consulting firm TetraTech LLC. Adoption of a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan is an necessary requirement for receiving some forms of federal assistance following a natural disaster. Buyouts of homes are one example of FEMA aid that would not be approved without having a FEMA-approved mitigation plan in place.

The plan addresses all natural hazards that face local communities. Past recorded disasters are catalogued in the plan, and their impact is analyzed. Each community put forward ideas for strategies to mitigate against the impact of the most common disasters. These wide ranging ideas include:

  • Work with Army Corp to ensure regular maintenance and inspections on the local flood control structures.
  • Assist in the update of flood plain maps.
  • Encourage review of site plans by local fire fighting and emergency service providers to ensure response capability and capacity exists to support development.
  • Pursue various options to purchase generators to maintain power at critical local facilities in the event of a long term power outage.
  • Complete mapping of storm sewer infrastructure in GIS format to identify needs for enhancements to critical infrastructure.
  • Enhance stream flow capacity using techniques that include channel shaping/resizing, rip rap, grubbing, stream channel relocation.
  • The full plan is online at: . Copies of the plan are on file at the County Planning Department, the County Office of Emergency Services, and at the Broome County Public Library.

    Preparation of the plan was paid for by a $75,000 grant from FEMA. Each municipality in Broome County that wishes to be covered by the hazard mitigation plan must now individually adopt it. The Town of Conklin and the Town of Union independently adopted mitigation plans previously.