What is a Hazard Mitigation Plan?

In the broadest sense, a hazard mitigation plan examines specific hazards counties and municipalities may face, and outlines a long-term strategy for mitigating against such threats. According to FEMA, hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. In other words, hazard mitigation keeps natural hazards from becoming natural disasters. 

Hazard Mitigation Plan RFP

The Orleans County Department of Planning and Development is soliciting proposals for the provision of: Multi-Jurisdictional Local Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update. Management of and contract administration of the plan are the primary responsibilities of the staff of the Department of Planning and Development.

The purpose of the Orleans County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is to provide an update of the 2008 Hazard Mitigation Plan that meets the requirements of and is approved by FEMA and New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services ("NYS DHSES"), so as to ensure that 15 listed partner municipalities (County, 10 Towns, 4 Villages) are eligible for future hazard mitigation funding.

The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) calls for and 44 CFR Part 201.6 requires that each county, and local municipality adopt a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan reviewed by the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a prerequisite to receive pre-disaster mitigation project funding.

Orleans County has received federal funding to develop a Multi-Jurisdictional Local Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan for the County and all of its participating municipalities which choose to participate with a County in-kind match of 25%.

A downloadable printer friendly PDF copy of the RFP can be accessed here or through this direct link: http://orleansny.com/Portals/0/Departments/Planning/ORLEANS%20COUNTY%20HAZARD%20MITIGATION%20RFP.pdf

On October 23rd, 2019, Addendum A was issued to clarify proposal section elements. Addendum A can be viewed here.

For questions regarding this RFP, please email thomas.lampo@orleanscountyny.gov

Public Documents

Orleans County has begun updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).  The HMP documents the county’s vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards, and the county’s, town’s, and village’s strategies to reduce that vulnerability.  

Public involvement must be fully utilized for any hazard mitigation plan to be successful. As a result, the Orleans County Department of Planning and Development will update this page throughout the planning process with meeting announcements, agendas, minutes and other information. Please check back often and contact Thomas Lampo, Planner, Orleans County Department of Planning and Development, for more information.

Meeting minutes and a project schedule from the Planning Partnership Kickoff Meeting, which was held on March 5th, 2020 at the Hoag Library, can be found here

Where can I learn more about Hazard Mitigation Planning?

For more information on hazard mitigation in New York State, please visit MitigateNY

Additional information is available through FEMA, and can be accessed here.

2008 Orleans County Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan

Cover and Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Legislation, Regulations and Programs

Chapter 3. The Planning Process

Chapter 4. Community Profile - Orleans County

Chapter 4. Community Profile Maps

Chapter 5. Orleans County Hazard Analysis

Chapter 6. Hazard Profiles

Chapter 7. Risk Assessment

Chapter 7. Risk Assessment Maps

Chapter 8. Mitigation Strategy

Chapter 9. Plan Adoption, Maintenance and Update Procedures

Appendix A - Municipal Law Assessment

Appendix B - Vulnerability Assessment

Appendix C - Mitigation Measure Cost-Benefit Reviews and Priority Assessments

Appendix D - Adoption Resolutions

Appendix E - Orleans County Flood Mitigation Sites