7/20/2007 - Bergen County Natural Hazard Mitigation Project Outreach

 BERGEN COUNTY NATURAL HAZARD
MITIGATION PLAN PROJECT OUTREACH
 

To Whom It May Concern:

The Bergen County Office of Emergency Management (“BCOEM”) and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (“NJMC”) are cooperatively developing a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan for Bergen County. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (44 CFR parts 201 & 206), has mandated that all jurisdictions (municipalities & counties) develop comprehensive natural hazard mitigation plans. Jurisdictions that complete a natural hazard mitigation plan will be eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grant funding following a major disaster declaration. FEMA has authorized the development of county-based multi-jurisdictional natural hazard mitigation plans to comply with this requirement.

A key aspect of the planning process is outreach to your community to develop “natural hazard” mitigation projects that will specifically serve the needs of your community. We are currently seeking input from residents, business owners, elected officials, and other interested parties from all 70 Bergen County municipalities.

All project ideas are welcome. However, even if you have no ideas to suggest, please return the form to the NJMC or local OEM official with your name and, if applicable, organization by Friday, August 17, 2007. Click here for the Stakeholder Engagement form.

It is critical to the success of the project to show that the opinions of all interested parties were sought. Please keep in mind the following goals of the Plan and the natural hazards that we are considering when you develop your suggested project(s).

Thank you very much for your time and support.

GOALS:
1. PROTECT AND PROMOTE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY
2. SAFEGUARD CRITICAL PUBLIC FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE
3. PROTECT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY
4. PROMOTE ECONOMIC VITALITY
5. PRESERVE OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND PROMOTE HUMAN HEALTH

HAZARDS:
1. Riverine and Stormwater Flooding
2. Earthquakes
3. Landslides and Erosion
4. Extreme Cold/Snow/Ice
5. Windstorms and Tornadoes
6. Major Fire (Urban/Wildfires)
7. Extreme Heat
8. Drought
9. Hailstorm
10. Expansive Soils
11. Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
12. Northeasters and Severe Winter Storms
13. Hazardous Material
14. Loss of Utilities (Gas/Sewer/Water)
15. Lightning
16. Storm Surge