Adams County Commission Chair Dustin Laufer announces approval of the Adams County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan by the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services Homeland Security Division.
Plan development, led by Emergency Manager Michele Gaylord, required the expertise of a broad-based team of public and private partners.
The intent of hazard mitigation planning is to keep communities safer by understanding hazards and threats and then identifying action steps to reduce their impacts. Plan approval allows communities to pursue federal mitigation dollars also. The new Adams County plan will be in effect until August 18, 2024.
The state of North Dakota is one of only three states that has an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to administer both the planning and the program portions of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Through FEMA’s Program Administration by States Pilot Project, states like North Dakota can administer Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs by meeting the following criteria: have a current approved mitigation plan, demonstrate a commitment to mitigation and have a successful track record of effective mitigation program management.
Since 1997, a total of $253 million in local, tribal, state, and federal funding has been leveraged for mitigation projects that have reduced the impacts of flooding, severe winter and summer weather, and other hazards and threats in North Dakota.
According to a study by the National Institute for Building Standards, pre-disaster mitigation saves an average of $6 for every $1 spent.