All Hazard Mitigation Plan

Clermont County is in the process of updating the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.    The Plan must be updated every five (5) years.   The existing plan is set to expire in 2019.

 Purpose of All-Hazard Mitigation Plan:

  • To identify hazards that could affect Clermont County, including the Cities, Villages and Townships within the County;
  • To identify mitigation strategies to reduce or eliminate disaster related losses; and
  • To establish a coordinated process to implement the plan and take advantage of state and federal grant opportunities.

We are inviting the public to participate in this process.  Please provide feedback by completing the Goals and Hazard Priority Survey and the Public Opinion Survey. The next public meeting will be held on January 23, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Pierce Township Administration Building (950 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245).  All are welcome. 

Additional opportunities will be available for public and community participation.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the planning process.


What is hazard mitigation?

Hazard mitigation is any cost-effective and sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life or property from natural, technological, and human-caused hazards.

What is the purpose of hazard mitigation planning?
The purpose of All-Hazard Mitigation Planning is to:
  • Identify the hazards that impact Clermont County, including the Cities, Villages, and Townships within the County;
  • Identify actions and activities to reduce any losses from those hazards; and
  • Establish a coordinated process to implement the Plan.
What is the benefit of hazard mitigation planning?
The benefits include:
  • Assisting local communities with reducing risks by identifying vulnerabilities and developing strategies to lessen and/or eliminate the effects of a potential hazard;
  • Building partnerships and reducing duplication of efforts among organizations with similar or overlapping goals;
  • Creating more sustainable and disaster-resistant communities;
  • Communicating needs to state and federal officials when funding becomes available, particularly after a disaster; and
  • Increasing public awareness of local hazards and disaster preparedness.
What laws govern the hazard mitigation planning process?
State, Indian Tribal, and local governments are required by 44 CFR Part 201 to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288), as amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, provides the legal basis for State, local, and Indian Tribal governments to undertake a risk-based approach to reducing risks from natural hazards through mitigation planning.


What are the top hazards to Clermont County?

1.     Flooding 6. Dam Failure
2.     Severe Storms 7. Invasive Species
3.     Tornadoes 8. Utility Failure
4.     Landslides 9. Drought
5.     Hazardous Materials Accident 10. Earthquake


What mitigation actions were identified in the Plan?

Mitigation Actions
  • Place signage at high water locations
  • Public Education on high risk areas
  • Acquisition or flood proofing repetitive loss properties
Severe Storms
  • Public Outreach through social media
  • Identify back-up power capabilities including fuel priorities
  • Develop a tiered shelter list
    • Temporary Safe Locations
    • Short-Term Reception Sites (Food, Charging, Showers)
    • Overnight Shelters
  • Maintain and replace outdoor warning sirens
  • Identify temporary storm safe locations
  • Develop a multi-layered notification system
  • Develop standards and regulations for development in landslide prone areas
  • Create Memorandums of Understanding between Public Works and Road Departments
Hazardous Materials Accidents
  • Perform Commodity Flow Study
  • Continue annual exercises with LEPC
  • Public outreach / education regarding disposal of household hazardous materials
Dam Failure
  • Encourage development of Emergency Action Plans
  • Public outreach / education regarding downstream risks
Invasive Species
  • Public outreach / education on preventing the spread of invasive species including emerald ash borer and Asian long-horn beetle.
Utility Failure
  • Create and maintain a power restoration priority plan
  • Tree trimming along township roads
  • Coordinate with Fire Service Alliance for outreach
  • Develop map of sensitive populations with regard to wild fires
  • Continue to promote dry hydrants
  • Preparedness Education and Public Outreach