Worcester County Emergency Services updating Hazard Mitigation Plan

Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) is currently updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan. Mitigation plans identify potential hazards and vulnerabilities, set goals, and establish specific mitigation actions to reduce risk of hazards to people, buildings, infrastructure, and the environment. Local mitigation plans are required under Section 322 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), as enacted under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 in order to be eligible for federal hazard mitigation grants.

The Worcester County Hazard Mitigation Plan was originally adopted in 2006 and then again in 2014.  Comprehensive updates are required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The 2019 plan update is multi-jurisdictional in scope. The plan update will include unincorporated areas of Worcester County and the towns of Berlin, City of Pocomoke, and Snow Hill.   

The first step in the planning process involves the identification of key stakeholders to serve on the planning committee. Forty-eight people from various agencies, departments, organizations, and municipalities joined WCES at the plan development kick-off meeting on May 22 at the Berlin Branch of the Worcester County Library. The plan will be developed over the summer months. Additional information developed over the course of the planning process will be posted on the county website at www.co.worcester.md.us/departments/emergency.

For more information on the plan development process and how you can participate, please call WCES Planner Christina Vickers at 410-632-1315.