Flooding in Cedar Rapids, IA, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from U.S. Geological Survey’s photostream

“Hazard Mitigation” is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risks to life and property from natural, human-made, and technological hazards such as flood, earthquake, fire, utility interruption, severe weather, and terrorism. Hazard mitigation works best by taking a long-term view of rebuilding and recovering following disasters to make a safer community from the beginning.

The Allegheny County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan will serve as a blueprint for reducing property damage and saving lives from the effects of any future disaster. Having such a plan is also a requirement in order for Allegheny County and its municipalities to be eligible to receive certain types of state and federal disaster relief funds after a disaster occurs.

At this point, the county is nearing the end of the planning process. County residents are invited to attend a public open house to be held on June 1, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Green Tree Municipal Building in Green Tree Bourough:

This meeting is a come-as-you-wish session without a dedicated presentation – instead, it will have a number of information stations available for the public, the municipalities, and stakeholders to learn about the plan. You do not need to RSVP for this session and can stay for as little or as long as you like.

You can download a flyer for the meeting here and watch a video from FEMA on hazard mitigation planning below.

Allegheny County Hazard Mitigation Plan Final Public Meeting
When: Monday, June 1, 2015, 2:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Green Tree Municipal Building, 10 W. Manila Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Click here to view part two of this video on YouTube.