H-GAC, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (DEM), and 85 local governments developed a regional plan during 2004, 2005 and 2006. The comprehensive plan identifies regional hazards and vulnerabilities, and includes over 300 mitigation projects that could be implemented within our region. This plan is important because the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 makes the development of a hazard mitigation plan a specific eligibility requirement for any local government applying for federal mitigation grant funding, including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program.
H-GAC received formal approval of the plan on April 28, 2006 and worked with the local partners to adopt the plan for every participating community. A copy of the plan is available for download on this page. Specific mitigation projects are included in Appendix A. Types of projects include acquiring floodplain property, buying out flood prone homes, increasing culvert capacity, improving regional drainage, building tornado shelters, and shoreline protection. The plan expired during April 2011 and a 5-year update is needed to maintain eligibility for participants. In September 2010, DEM awarded a grant to H-GAC to complete the required 5-year update of the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. H-GAC worked in partnership with county emergency management coordinators to revise the plan and identify new mitigation projects under an aggressive timeline, and submitted the Draft 2011 Update to DEM on April 15, 2011. FEMA approved the 2011 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update on October 11, 2012. View the approval letter with the most recent list of approved participants to the Plan Update. The 2011 plan expires on October 11, 2017, at which time an update will be due in order to remain eligible for hazard mitigation grant funding.
The H-GAC Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan covers seven counties (Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery, Walker and Waller) and the majority of cities therein. The 2011 Update includes the following revisions:
2011 Hazard Mitigation Plan
H-GAC held a public hearing for review of the 2011 Plan Update. The hearing took place during a 15-day public comment period from January 25 through February 8, 2012.
Materials from Public Hearing:
Any questions or comments regarding the 2011 Update can be directed to: Cheryl Mergo(713) firstname.lastname@example.org