In 2003 the City of Port Neches Office of Emergency Management participated with the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) in the development of the Mitigation Action Plans (MAP) developed to amend Annex P of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Plan. The City of Port Neches is included in both the Jefferson County Mitigation Action Plan and the SETRPC Regional Mitigation Action Plan.
The City listed all City Buildings for Factory Mutual 1-150 wind speed roof retrofits and shutter installation on windows and door openings in addition to various flooding projects in the MAP. These projects are eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs.
In the year 2000, Federal Legislators approved the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.
The Act required states to have a FEMA-approved Standard Mitigation Plan by 11/1/04 as a condition for receiving pre-disaster mitigation funding and non-emergency assistance including public assistance, restoration of damaged facilities, and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding.
The Act enabled Texas to receive an increased level of HMGP funding (from the then current level of 15% of the total estimated eligible Federal assistance to 20%) if, at the time of the declaration of a major disaster, an Enhanced State Mitigation Plan approved by FEMA is in place.
The Act establishes a new requirement for local mitigation action plans to be approved by FEMA by 11/1/04 as an eligibility requirement for participation in the HMGP for disasters declared after 11/1/04.
In March 2004 the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission started working with local jurisdictions in the tri-county planning area to develop local hazard mitigation plans and to consolidate these local plans into a comprehensive regional disaster mitigation plan.
The SETRPC retained J.F. Thompson, Inc., consulting engineers, to provide guidance, technical assistance, and leadership for the planning process. Lamar University provided assistance to Thompson for certain aspects of the project.
Hazard Mitigation Plans were developed at the local level. There were seven plans developed for the tri-county area.
Each local plan included the following elements:
Documentation of the planning process with emphasis on public participation
Hazard Identification: a description of all natural hazards that can affect the communities
Hazard Profile: a description of the location and extent of all natural hazards that can affect the communities including information on previous events and probability of future events
Asset Identification: a detailed inventory of homes, businesses, industries, critical facilities, infrastructure, etc., that may be at risk during hazard events
Vulnerability and Risk Assessment: a determination of which types of hazard events are most likely to occur and what the potential damages from the events might be both to existing assets and to future development
Mitigation Goals: a statement of mitigation goals to reduce or avoid long-term vulnerabilities to hazards
Mitigation Strategies: identifies specific mitigation actions designed to achieve mitigation goals, includes action plan for implementing strategies.
Monitoring, Evaluating, & Updating the Plan: a description of the process to be employed to monitor, evaluate, and revise the plan within a five-year cycle.
Adoption by Local Governing Bodies: each participating jurisdiction must formally approve the plan.
Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan (RHMP) – local plans are consolidated into a regional plan with region-wide mitigation goals, strategies, and action plans. The RHMP must also be adopted by the local participating jurisdictions.
NOTE: Only natural hazards are being considered for development of local plans and the RHMP. FEMA and the State DEM are not requiring inclusion of manmade or technological hazards for this planning cycle.
Jefferson County Mitigation Action Plan* (5.30 MB)
SETRPC – Regional Mitigation Action Plan* (1.77 MB)
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