BERKELEY COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

BERKELEY COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE 2020

Berkeley County is completing its update of the county’s 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) as required every five years by FEMA. The updated plan is required as part of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 which requires that local jurisdictions and states have a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved hazard mitigation plan to receive funding from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, implemented under section 404 of the Stafford Act. Additionally, the mitigation planning regulation at 44 CFR §201.6(d)(3) states: “A local jurisdiction must review and revise its plan to reflect changes in priorities, and resubmit it for approval within five (5) years in order to continue to be eligible for mitigation project grant funding” .

The 2020 HMP update will address how the county and its municipalities will continue activities to mitigate the impacts of multiple natural hazards including flood, wind, fire, earthquake, thunderstorms, winter/ice storms and hazardous materials. The 2020 HMP Plan will also include descriptions and assessments of these hazards, the risk of each of the natural hazards, and prioritized activities to be undertaken to minimize impacts to Berkeley County residents and properties. As part of the public involvement process, outreach activities are being conducted including the public survey, meetings with stakeholders, and presentations at jurisdictional public meetings involving the county, municipalities, nonprofits, state and federal agencies and interested citizens. Residents and property owners are encouraged to take the survey <insert link here> and attend meetings to provide input.

For more information. Contact Berkeley County Emergency Preparedness Director, Ben Almquist at Benjamin.Almquist@Berkeleycountysc.gov or call 843-719-4166.

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PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON COUNTY AND LOCAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN
STRATEGIES FOR PROTECTING COMMUNITIES FROM FUTURE HAZARD EVENTS

NORTH CHARLESTON (October 31, 2019) – Berkeley County, with assistance of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDOG), is currently updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan for the county and its municipalities and the agency is seeking public input in doing so. The Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) is a process of determining strategies to reduce or eliminate the potential loss of life and property damage resulting from natural and human-caused hazards. This planning effort seeks to identify hazards before they occur, prevent future losses, and minimize the impacts of disasters. The final HMP document is expected to be submitted to the state by January 2020.

The BCDCOG is holding public input meetings at each of the municipalities within Berkeley County (St. Stephen, Bonneau, Monck’s Corner, Goose Creek, and Jamestown) during the months of November and December.  A meeting was previously held in Hanahan.  One hour in advance of each meeting, the project team will be available to answer questions about the Plan and hazards identified in the County.  Public input is sought on both the current and draft strategies to include for the County and each municipality.  The open houses are being held one (1) hour in advance of each jurisdiction’s scheduled council meeting, during which a brief presentation will be given.

Additionally, citizens are encouraged to take an online survey to help identify the biggest concerns in the County and work toward a solution.

The survey can be found here: bit.ly/BCHMP

Remaining Meeting Dates and Times:

Jamestown: December 3rd at 6:00 PM

Bonneau: December 16th at 6:00 PM

Monck’s Corner: December 17th at 5:00 PM

Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Michelle Emerson at the BCDCOG at least two working days of this notice.

“Si usted necesita la ayuda de un traductor del idioma español, por favor comuníquese con la Michelle Emerson al teléfono (843) 529-2578 cuando menos 48 horas antes de la junta”


 

Address: 5790 Casper Padgett Way,
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: (843) 529-0400


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