The Capitol Region is active in planning for natural hazards mitigation in order to reduce our vulnerabilities to natural disasters and enable our communities to minimize losses and recover more effectively when disasters do occur.
CRCOG is currently updating the Capitol Region Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. We are preparing a multi-jurisdictional plan covering all 38 member municipalities. Our member municipalities currently have FEMA approved plans within three different multi-jurisdictional plans (see below). Our intent is to integrate and update the plans. Contact Lynne Pike DiSanto for more information.
2019 – 2024 Plan Update
The planning process to update the current Capitol Region Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan which will include all 38 municipalities in CRCOG is underway. Meetings have been held in each community with municipal staff and other local stakeholders. Two regional workshops have also been held. Presentation materials from the regional workshops are available below:
Public input is needed on the plan update. We want to hear from you. Please take a few moments to complete a survey – your input will help shape the plan.
Also, please attend one of the public workshops we will be holding throughout the region in May. At these meetings you can learn about the plan, ask questions, and provide input. Members of the public may attend any of the meetings, regardless of which community they are from. The same information will be presented at each meeting.
- Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 PM at the Ellington Town Hall (55 Main Street)
- Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 PM at the Coventry Parks and Recreation Facility “Mill Brook Place” (near 1267 Main Street and across from Bidwell Tavern)
- Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 PM at the Simsbury Public Library (725 Hopmeadow Street)
- Thursday, May 24 at 5:00 PM at the Hartford Public Safety Complex (253 High Street)
- Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 PM at the Plainville Public Library (56 East Main Street)
The 2014-2019 Capitol Region Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Update was granted Formal Approval by FEMA on December 5, 2014. This project identified natural hazard risks and vulnerabilities, and strategies for reducing losses regionally and in each member municipality. Formal adoption of the plan by participating municipalities enables each municipality to be eligible to apply for FEMA hazard mitigation project grants. All 30 participating municipalities have adopted the plan.
A copy of the Plan is also available at CRCOG’s offices:
(241 Main Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106)
between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Please contact Mary Ellen Kowalewski at 860-522-2217 ext. 222
or Lynne Pike DiSanto at 860-522-2217 ext. 211 with any questions.
The 2014-2019 Capitol Region Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan covers the 30 municipalities which were members of CRCOG prior to 2014. Since that time, eight additional municipalities have joined CRCOG.
Four towns joined CRCOG from the former Windham County COG (Columbia, Coventry, Mansfield and Willington). These former WINCOG towns received Formal Approval from FEMA on January 11, 2016 for their Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, 2015.
Four towns from the former Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA) also joined CRCOG in 2014 (Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, and Southington). The former CCRPA towns recently updated their natural hazards mitigation plans and received Formal Approval from FEMA on September 13, 2016. A copy of the 2016-2021 Update to the Regional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan for the former Central Connecticut Region has been posted. Town-specific sections are below:
|CRCOG Towns||Naugatuck Valley COG Towns|
|Plainville||Northwest Hills COG Town|
Comments or questions on the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan for the former CCRPA towns can be sent to Timothy Malone.
FEMA Review Tools:
You can access the Municipal Sections of each of the thirty communities participating in the 2014-2019 Capitol Region Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Update:
You can find out more about natural hazards mitigation planning at:
CRCOG sponsored a workshop on the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System on September 15th, 2016 in the West Hartford Town Hall. This workshop for local officials explained how towns and cities can improve flood management and reduce flood insurance premiums for local property owners. Speaker presentations and handout materials are available. Contact Lynne Pike DiSanto for more information.
You can view local flood insurance maps at FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center.