Hazard mitigation plan subject of hearing

By TAYLOR

MURCHISON-

GALLAGHER

STAFF WRITER

The Capital Region Council of Governments, CRCOG, hosted an informational session at the Plainville Public Library on Monday, May 29, to discuss the natural hazard mitigation plan, as the current plan will expire in 2019.

CRCOG principal planner and policy analyst, Lynne Pike DiSanto, and Milone & Macbroom associate, David Murphy, discussed “why we [CRCOG and associated companies] do this [hazard mitigation], what are the goals, how can a plan be used, what hazards we’re including in the plan, what kinds of losses occur from those hazards, how we characterize those losses, what are some mitigation strategies, what are some examples of the region” and the “next steps.”

According to their website, CRCOG is “active in planning for natural hazards mitigation to help reduce our vulnerabilities and enable our communities to minimize losses and recover more effectively when disasters do occur.”

“Hazard mitigation plans are authorized by the Disaster Mitigation Act of the year 2000, and the goal of the Act is pretty much the same as the goal of the plan, which is to promote preparedness, and also to promote hazard mitigation actions that reduce losses,” said Murphy. “The grant programs that communities are eligible for applying to for funds, by virtue of having a plan, are Pre Disaster Mitigation, Flood Mitigation Assistance, and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.”

Murphy explained that there are eight hazards that will be written into the plan: floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, severe wind storms, drought, forest and wildland fires, dam failure, and earthquakes.

“Here in Connecticut, most initial plans were developed 13, 14, years ago. Local plans are updated every 10 years, and that’s what we’re in the process of right now,” said Murphy.

Murphy and Pike DiSanto both said that their companies welcome the input of local people, who know the effect of natural disasters in their town. While the official survey has now closed, you can reach Murphy by email at, dmurphy@mminc.com, and Pike DiSanto at, lpikedisanto@crcog.org.

The current plan can be found on the CRCOG website, at, http://crcog.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/PlainvilleAnnexFinal.pdf.