15-Town Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Underway, Needs Resident Input

MADISON, CT —The South Central Regional Council of Governments is developing a multi-jurisdictional risk mitigation plan for 15 municipalities in South Central Connecticut. These 15 municipalities include Madison, Guilford, North Branford, Branford, East Haven and New Haven.

With participation from each of SCRCOG’s 15 municipalities and the public, the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update will focus on identifying, assessing and mitigating natural hazards such as winter storms, hurricanes and coastal flooding. The plan will result in a list of mitigation actions or projects that each municipality can undertake to save lives and reduce damage. It will also double as a creditable “floodplain management plan” under FEMA’s community rating system.

SCRCOG has received funding from the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to update the South Central Regional Risk Mitigation Plan: Multi-Jurisdictional. The plan serves as an essential strategy to reduce current and future risks from natural hazards and improve emergency preparedness in the fifteen municipalities. Updates are required every five years. This update is scheduled to be completed in January 2023.

A territorial plan with a local focus

Updating the Risk Mitigation Plan requires the involvement of each of SCRCOG’s 15 municipalities and the public. SCRCOG has engaged Jamie Caplan Consulting LLC, the author of the two previous versions of this plan, to lead the project update. The update began in April 2022 with a completed plan, ready for public and state review, expected in January 2023.

An Advisory Committee has been formed with representation for each municipality to guide the planning process and facilitate local participation. This Committee is organizing meetings in each municipality with a diverse group of local leaders on local government staff.

Virtual public meetings will be held in September 2022 and January 2023.

People are asked to take the survey and provide ideas on reducing the impact of natural hazards in the region.

take the survey in English here yen Spanish here.

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