This is the update of the 2020-2025 Pierce County Region 5 Hazard Mitigation Plan, which consists of 80 local jurisdictions' mitigation plans and the Pierce County Unincorporated Hazard Mitigation plan. Over the next year, Pierce County Emergency Management (PCEM) will be assisting our partners and stakeholders in the update process to ensure their plans reflect the progress they've made to make their communities safer, as well as how they are planning mitigation efforts for the future. These updated plans will help our partners gain or maintain eligibility for grant funding, both pre- and post-disaster.
What is a Hazard Mitigation Plan?
A Hazard Mitigation Plan is a product developed by jurisdictions with the goal of reducing risk to loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. These plans consist of eight sections: Process, Profile, Capabilities, Risk Assessment, Mitigation Strategies, Infrastructure, Plan Maintenance, and the Appendices. Once reviewed and updated, a Hazard Mitigation Plan is valid for 5 years through FEMA. A jurisdiction with a valid mitigation plan can be eligible to apply for and receive any mitigation grants, the most common being through FEMA's Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). While there are many benefits to having an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan, grant eligibility is a significant priority for many jurisdictions.