Hazard Mitigation Plan

Hazard Mitigation

Mitigation is the work done to prevent or lessen damage from and adverse event.  This can be as simple as ditching along a roadway that floods, or as complex as rebuilding roadways or changing zoning ordinances.

Cities and towns work with their local emergency managers and public works departments to determine the best use of funds and the most needed projects.  Because all Cumberland County towns and cities participate in the Hazard Mitigation Plan, they are eligible to receive pre-disaster mitigation and hazard mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Cumberland County Hazard Mitigation Plan was revised in 2017 as part of a FEMA five-year update cycle.  Each municipality provided a list on needed projects for the County Plan.  CCEMA examined historical records, the expertise of the municipalities and the State mitigation plans to revise the Plan, which was approved by FEMA in March 2017.

Each municipality reviews its projects on a yearly basis, and this is used to do a yearly update to the Cumberland County Plan.

Link to view the 2017 Cumberland County Hazard Mitigation Plan

2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan

The next iteration of the Hazard Mitigation plan (2022) has been drafted. FEMA Region 1 reviewers found that the plan meets the requirements under 44 CFR and the the County Hazard Mitigation plan for 2022 is "approvable pending adoption" by Cumberland County municipalities. 

Cumberland County 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan

Annex 1: Climate Change

Annex 2: Infectious Diseases

Annex 3: Hazards Not Profiled

Appendix 1: Municipal Adoption (to be added as municipalities approve the plan)

Appendix 2: Municipal Maps

Appendix 3, Section 1: Intro to Mitigation Plan

Appendix 3, Section 2: Adoption (Adoptions will be posted in Appendix 1)

Appendix 3, Section 3: Planning

Appendix 3, Section 4: Hazard ID and Risk Assessment

Appendix 3, Section 5: Mitigation Strategy

Appendix 3, Section 6: Plan Maintenance


A (virtual) public meeting was held on June 22, 2021 to provide an overview of the 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan update and solicit public input. To view the recording of this meeting, please visit this link.