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The RRPDC is a regional planning agency serving
the Town of Ashland;
the City of Richmond; and
the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.

Richmond Regional
Planning District Commission

9211 Forest Hill Avenue
Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235

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Phone:  804.323.2033
Fax:  804.323.2025

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


2017 Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

About the project

The 26 localities of the Richmond and Crater regions are working together to update the Richmond-Crater Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and develop long-term strategies to reduce or eliminate long-term risks.

Federal planning requirement

The federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires state and local governments to adopt hazard mitigation plans as a precondition for receiving certain non-emergency disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Each jurisdiction must update and submit their hazard mitigation plans every five years to maintain eligibility for federal grant programs that support emergency warning systems, critical utility hardening, acquisition of flood-prone homes, elevation of flood-prone buildings, and outreach programs.

Federal law allows local governments to elect to develop their own mitigation plan or participate in a multi-jurisdictional mitigation plan. Multi-jurisdictional planning is most effective when jurisdictions face the same threats or hazards, operate under similar authorities, have similar needs and capabilities, and have successfully partnered in the past. Since 2003, the Commonwealth of Virginia has encouraged its 21 planning districts to lead the development of regional hazard mitigation plans.

Local Mitigation Planning Process

The mitigation planning process itself is as important as the resulting plan because it encourages communities to integrate mitigation into day-to-day decision-making regarding land use planning, floodplain management, site design, and other functions.

Public Involvement

Effective mitigation planning includes efforts to solicit and consider input from diverse interests and promote discussion about creating a safer, more disaster-resilient community. Involving emergency management experts and local stakeholders is essential to building community-wide support for the plan.

The Hazard Mitigation Technical Advisory Committee (HMTAC) and staff will host three public meetings in the region region to learn about what natural hazards impact people the most. This information will be used to inform the development of locality-specific mitigation strategies that jurisdictions are expected to adopt in the spring of 2017.

Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

The Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) lays out the region’s vulnerability to natural hazards so that mitigation strategies, activities, and projects can be developed to minimize hazard risks. It includes the identification of natural hazards and risks that are likely to impact the region based on historical experience, an estimate of the frequency and magnitude of potential disasters, and an assessment of potential loss to life and property.

Capability Assessment

A capability assessment will evaluate the current capacity of the communities of the Richmond-Crater region to mitigate the effects of the natural hazards identified in the HIRA. By providing a summary of each jurisdiction’s existing capabilities, the capability assessment serves as the foundation for designing an effective hazard mitigation strategy.

Mitigation Strategy

The mitigation strategy portion of the plan consists of goals and actions. The goals will align closely with those of the Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance, a group of 25 counties and cities that includes most of the 26 localities (counties, cities, and towns) involved in the Hazard Mitigation Plan. The actions will be designed to address the most pressing mitigation needs based on the history of natural disasters, local capacity and availability of resources.

Richmond Regional Planning District Commission | 9211 Forest Hill Avenue | Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235 | (804) 323-2033

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