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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

Directions to RRPDC


Phone:  804.323.2033
Fax:  804.323.2025


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



 

Hazard Mitigation Planning

Disasters can devastate a communityís economic, social, and environmental well-being. Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the potential impact of future disasters.

Mitigation planning is a key process to break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. It allows local leaders to take action now, before a disaster, to reduce impacts when a disaster occurs. Using local knowledge and expertise to plan today, allows localities to plan, design, and build their community and builds partnerships for risk reduction throughout the community.

Having a hazard mitigation plan will:

  • increase awareness of hazards, risk, and vulnerabilities;

  • identify actions for risk reduction;

  • focus resources on the greatest risks;

  • communicate priorities to state and federal officials; and

  • increase overall awareness of hazards and risks.

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.

The 26 localities of the Richmond and Crater regions work 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. While nothing can be done to prevent natural hazard events from occurring, the region is poised to minimize the disruption and devastation that so often accompanies disasters, increasing the regionís resiliency.



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

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