Hazard Mitigation Plan
Orleans County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).  The HMP will analyze the hazards faced by the County and its municipalities, residents, and businesses, and will identify a strategy for minimizing the vulnerability to these hazards. You can find out more about the HMP and the planning process here: https://orleanscountyny.com/hazard-mitigation-plan/.  

We encourage all residents and visitors of the County to provide input into the planning process.  We have developed a short survey about the County and the risks it faces.  We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete the survey and otherwise participate in this important endeavor.  

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OrleansCoHMPSurvey.  

Thank you for your participation in this planning effort!

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.

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.

Public Meeting Information:

Orleans County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).  The HMP documents the county’s vulnerability to natural and manmade hazards, and the county’s, towns’, and villages’ strategies to reduce that vulnerability.  This public webinar is to go over the Plan Draft of the HMP update will take place on February 17, 2021, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  All interested residents, businesses, and other stakeholders are invited to attend.  

Click HERE to join the meeting.

Select “Continue on this browser” to join the meeting on the internet (no download required).

Enter your name, then select “Join now” 

To join via phone, please dial 1-607-442-4346 (long distance charges may apply) then enter the Conference ID: 568 143 506#

Contact James Bensley AICP, Director, Orleans County Department of Planning and Development, for more information, or if you are having trouble logging into the meeting.

Orleans County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).  The HMP documents the county’s vulnerability to natural and manmade hazards, and the county’s, towns’, and villages’ strategies to reduce that vulnerability.  The next public webinar to discuss the results of the updated risk assessment that was conducted as part of the HMP update will take place on October 8, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  All interested residents, businesses, and other stakeholders are invited to attend.  

Orleans County held a public webinar to discuss the hazards we face and the planning effort on September 2nd, 2020, the minutes for which can be found here. In addition, between August 31st and September 3rd, the county held a series of meetings with municipal officials to discuss the unique hazards each municipalities face. Notes from each municipal meeting can be found here.  

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.

On October 15th, 2020, a Strengths, Weaknesses, Obstacles and Opportunities (SWOO) Meeting to discuss the county’s and municipalities’ capabilities to implement hazard mitigation activities and reduce vulnerability to hazard events was conducted, minutes for which can be viewed here.

On October 21st, 2020, a Mitigation Strategy Meeting was conducted via Microsoft Teams, the minutes for which can be viewed here.

Map Survey

We want to hear from you!  Where do flooding and other hazards impact our communities?  Please let us know by identifying those locations in a simple map survey here: https://arcg.is/0Wuiqj0.  This information will help make our Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) better!  Visit our HMP website at https://orleanscountyny.com/hazard-mitigation-plan/ for more information.  Thank you!

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.
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2008 Orleans County Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation PlanNo documents