Hazard Mitigation Plan Update


Community Preparedness Survey

We appreciate your participation in this survey to provide the cities and towns within Pierce County with important information regarding the preparedness level of their community.  This information will assist your city/town with planning efforts to update your hazard mitigation plan, explained below.

Survey: http://piercecounty.surveyshare.com/t/Community-Preparedness-Survey

Upcoming Meetings

Due to the COVID pandemic, all meetings are postponed until further notice.


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. 

Plan Process

For the jurisdictional mitigation plans, meetings will take place every other month with a focus on a different section of the plan each time. The month in between meetings will be considered "homework time" to review and update the section(s) discussed in the meeting. After each section is completed, PCEM will add it into the jurisdiction's pre-existing plan until the entire mitigation plan has been updated. 

Once all of the sections have been reviewed and inserted into the master document, the finished plan will need to go through the following stages:
  • Washington State Emergency Management Division (WA-EMD) - 30 day review period
  • FEMA - 45 day review period
  • FEMA - letter of pre-approval to jurisdictions
  • Governing bodies - adopt their plan by resolution
  • Resolution sent by jurisdiction to PCEM, then to WA-EMD
  • Final approval letter - Sent from FEMA and embedded into jurisdictions' plans

The plans need to be updated by December 31, 2019.  Once this has been completed, jurisdictions will then move forward to having their governing bodies adopt their plan in Spring 2020 with the resolution sent to PCEM shortly after.  PCEM will forward those resolutions on to WA-EMD as soon as possible, where they will then be, again, forwarded to FEMA.  All jurisdictions who have had their plan officially adopted will receive a formal final letter from FEMA which will then be embedded into Appendix A of the plan.  This letter will be needed when applying for FEMA grants in the future, as it is proof of a current FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan.  These newly updated plans will then replace the pre-existing versions near their expiration data of July 23, 2020.

Important Documents