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 has prepared a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan covering all 38 member municipalities. The purpose of this plan is to identify natural hazards likely to affect the Capitol Region and its nearly one million residents, assess vulnerabilities to these hazards, and set forth mitigation strategies that will reduce the loss of life and property, economic disruptions, and the cost of post‐disaster recovery for the region’s communities. The plan considers the following natural hazards that affect the region: dam failure, drought, earthquakes, flooding, forest and wildland fires, hurricanes and tropical storms, tornadoes and high winds, and severe winter storms.
The plan has been adopted by all member cities and towns and received FEMA’s approval on November 7, 2019. The plan is in effect until November 6, 2024. With FEMA’s approval, our towns and cities are eligible to apply to the CT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) for mitigation grants administered by FEMA.
The Capitol Region Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan was first adopted in 2008 and was updated in 2014 and 2019. The documents below describe the plan update process for the 2019-2024 Plan.
Meetings were held in each community with municipal staff and other local stakeholders. Three regional workshops were also held:
Public input was also used to inform the plan update. Six public workshops were held throughout the region in May 2018 and an online survey gathered public opinions about the impact of natural disasters on local communities. Additionally, two public meetings on the draft plan were held in November, 2018.
This poster highlights key features of the plan update process.