East-West Gateway is working with the city of St. Louis and the Missouri counties of St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson, and St. Louis to revise and update the St. Louis Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for the next five years. The draft Plan and appendices submitted for SEMA and FEMA approval can be found at the links below.
The Plan presents information about natural disasters, levels of risk, and strategies for local governments and school districts to take to reduce the adverse effects of natural hazards including tornados, severe thunderstorms, severe winter or summer weather, drought, flood, earthquake, dam failure, or wild fire. The goal of the planning process is to identify the key actions and opportunities for each jurisdiction, but implementation of the plan is voluntary.
Why is the Plan important? Limited federal funding, for projects like flood buyouts and tornado safe rooms, is available to assist communities prepare for some natural disasters, and this funding is only available to communities and school districts that have adopted the plan by resolution passed by their local governing body.
For questions on the draft Plan, please email email@example.com.
What is Hazard Mitigation?
The term “mitigation” means to make less harsh or severe. Hazard mitigation activities are actions that can be taken to protect people and property from natural hazards such as floods, severe storms, and extreme temperatures.
In 2004, EWG developed the first five-year St. Louis Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan in cooperation with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). There is a different planning process used in Illinois, and each county develops its own plan. The 2004 plan was approved by SEMA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the period of 2005-2009. The Plan has since been updated and approved in 2010 (for the years 2010-2015) and 2015 (2015-2020). You can find more information on the most recent plan at the link below:
- Prevent loss of life and minimize injury or illness as a result of natural disaster
- Preserve and maintain property, infrastructure, business, and community vitality
- Encourage future growth that is compatible with strategies to mitigate future natural disasters.
The planning process strives to accomplish the following:
- Foster resilient communities that are prepared for natural disasters
- Reduce or avoid losses as a result of natural disasters
- Identify cost effective actions to reduce risk from natural disasters and a strategy to implement those actions
- Focus resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities
- Provide a coherent plan as a basis for individual community action
- Build partnerships by involving people, organizations, and businesses
- Increase education and awareness of hazards and risk
- Communicate local priorities to state and federal officials
- Align risk reduction with other community objectives