Hazard Mitigation Plan

What is the Hazard Mitigation Plan?

Every five years, FEMA requires the Office of Emergency Management to update the City of Philadelphia’s Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The HMP helps the city, state, and federal government understand to what degree hazards, like flooding or a blizzard, may affect Philadelphia. The plan also looks at what City projects can help reduce damage from a disaster before it happens.

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To help understand what concerns Philadelphia residents, businesses and visitors have, OEM is asking you to tell us what hazards concern and affect you. Take the survey now.

Hazard Mitigation Plan documents

Both the 2017 draft plan and the 2012 plan for natural hazards are available on the Hazard Mitigation Plan page.

Hazard Mitigation Plan community meetings

What: Meeting to inform and solicit feedback from the public regarding the City’s planned revision of the Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires Hazard Mitigation Plan updates every 5 years. The plan was last finalized in 2012, and addresses a list of hazards that may impact the City.

The purpose of the hazard mitigation program is to identify projects, plans, and actions that can reduce or eliminate risks to people and property. The Office of Emergency Management will give a presentation on the development of the Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The presentation will also include OEM’s READYHome workshop including personal and family preparedness tips. Attendees will have time to provide feedback on how natural and human caused hazards affect them and their community.

A list of hazards of concern in the plan can be found in our Hazard Mitigation Public Survey available at www.phila.gov/ready. We encourage residents of the city to take the survey.

Why: The Office of Emergency Management will hold a series of meetings from June until mid-October throughout Philadelphia during the plan writing process. The public is encouraged to visit www.phila.gov/ready to:

  • Find out more information on hazards that can affect Philadelphia, and what individuals and businesses can do to become better prepared
  • Fill out the Hazard Mitigation Public Survey
  • Access a complete list of upcoming meetings, meeting notes, and plan drafts

When: OEM conducted four community meetings:

  1. Fishtown Branch Library September 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  2. Eastwick Community Advisory Group September 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  3. Roxborough Branch Library June 29, 6- 7 p.m.
  4. Eastwick Neighborhood Library June 8, 6-7 p.m.

Please check back with this page and follow us on Twitter, @PhilaOEM, for updates regarding public meetings and added documents.


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