Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning
Required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan “is the representation of the jurisdiction’s commitment to reduce the risks from natural hazards, serving as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of natural hazards.” Also, the plan must meet the requirements of Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §201.6 for FEMA approval and eligibility to apply for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.
The Lowcountry Council of Governments (LCOG) is responsible for developing the FEMA approved Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan for Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties. Currently, LCOG is updating the 2015 Beaufort County Hazard Mitigation Plan and the 2015 Lowcountry Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan which includes Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties.
The result is the first fully multi-jurisdictional plan for all four counties – 2020 Lowcountry Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan provides a profile of the most common natural hazards in the region, including historic locations and past occurrence data, probability of future occurrence, and loss information. The plan also includes social vulnerability indicators for identifying populations at greatest risk from the effects of natural hazards. Finally, the plan identifies mitigation actions to save lives and to prevent major property damage and other losses caused by natural disasters in the Lowcountry region.