The Countywide All-Hazard Mitigation Plan was updated in 2014. Local jurisdictions are required to have a Mitigation Plan and update the Plan every 5 years in order to remain eligible for pre-disaster and post-disaster mitigation grant programs. The next update will begin in 2018.
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 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?
||6. Dam Failure
|2. Severe Storms
||7. Invasive Species
||8. Utility Failure
|5. Hazardous Materials Accident
What mitigation actions were identified in the Plan?
- Place signage at high water locations
- Public Education on high risk areas
- Acquisition or flood proofing repetitive loss properties
- 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
- Encourage development of Emergency Action Plans
- Public outreach / education regarding downstream risks
- Public outreach / education on preventing the spread of invasive species including emerald ash borer and Asian long-horn beetle.
- 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