About the Project

Purpose:

  • The purpose of this project is to develop a FEMA-approvable hazard mitigation plan for Ocean County, NJ.  The Plan will be developed by using the most current information and data, conducting a thorough vulnerability analysis, and establishing community priorities and subsequent mitigation actions.
Objectives:
  • Provide the public opportunities throughout the plan development and drafting process to provide input.
  • Develop a comprehensive risk assessment using the most recent disaster data and information.
  • Develop hazard mitigation goals, objectives and actions as they relate to reducing loss of life and property from natural and human-made hazards.
  • Obtain state and federal approval of the plan.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Development Process Summary:

This process has six steps:

STEP 1: Organize Resources & Build the Planning Team (PT)
Relevant studies, plans, and reports are collected along with communications resources that allow the public to be involved throughout the planning process. A PT is “built” that consists of local emergency management, planning staff and diverse stakeholders from government, businesses, academic institutions, adjacent counties, state agencies, fire and police departments, non-profits, environmental groups, and disaster relief organizations.

STEP 2: Develop the Plan’s Risk Assessment 
Location and geographic extent of natural and human-made hazards that can affect the county along with their impacts and future probability is identified. Scientific and anecdotal evidence of past events is collected and evaluated the losses the community has sustained and hazards are ranked high to low.

STEP 3: Assess Capabilities
Local and county capabilities in emergency management, the National Flood Insurance Program, planning and regulatory authority, administrative and technical knowledge, finances, and politics are assessed.

STEP 4: Develop the Mitigation Strategy
Goals, objectives, and actions are developed. The PT defines appropriate mitigation techniques, and chooses and prioritizes mitigation actions and projects in the Mitigation Action Plan.

STEP 5: Determine Plan Maintenance Process
The HMP is a living document that must be regularly reviewed, updated, and maintained. A schedule including responsible parties or agencies involved with monitoring, evaluating, and updating the plan during its five-year cycle is prepared. A process for integrating the updated Mitigation Strategy into existing plans and reports should be outlined and a plan for continued public outreach and participation must also be determined.

STEP 6: Obtain Mitigation Plan Approval and Adoption
The draft plan is made available for public comment then submitted to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for review and approval. Once a Plan has been determined to meet all state and federal requirements and receives official approval it should be adopted by all participating jurisdictions and the county.