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Posted on: February 16, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Virtual public meeting will update regional disaster plan

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Representatives from Hampton will join other localities in Hampton Roads for a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, March 2, to discuss their ongoing work on the regional plan to reduce the risks from hazards and disasters and speed recovery. Residents are invited to review the plan online and offer input during the virtual public meeting.

Hampton Roads is vulnerable to a wide range of hazards that pose threats to safety, public and private property, the local economy and the overall quality of life. For that reason, the localities around Hampton Roads are updating the region’s Hazard Mitigation Plan for 2022, under the umbrella of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. 
 
The plan – by considering current vulnerabilities and assessing projected future patterns – aims to protect our region through preparation and lessen the potential impacts of environmental hazards, thus increasing resiliency. The plan outlines and recommends specific structural measures, such as infrastructural protection, and non-structural measures, such as floodplain management policies, land use, and public awareness.  The general purposes of this initiative are to:
 
            • protect life and property by reducing the potential for future damages and economic losses that result from natural hazards;
            • qualify for additional grant funding, in both the pre-disaster and post-disaster environment;
            • speed recovery and redevelopment following future disasters;
            • integrate existing mitigation documents;
            • demonstrate a firm local commitment to hazard mitigation principles; and
            • comply with state and federal legislative requirements tied to local hazard mitigation planning.
 
The adoption of these guiding principles will be regularly assessed and updated in order to remain relevant and effective. For further information or to voice any questions and/or concerns, attend the virtual public meeting March 2 at 6 p.m. Click here to register. Representatives of Hampton’s emergency management, public works and community development departments will participate in the meeting.

For more information, contact the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission’s Emergency Management Department at 757-420-8300.

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