Hazard Mitigation Plan
Attend the upcoming the next public meeting, take the hazard mitigation survey, and view the Story Map that allows you to add “problem areas” you’ve noticed involving flooding and other hazards.
Every five years, Prince George’s County and the City of Laurel update their Hazard Mitigation Plan. The County is currently leading a plan update for 2022.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan Update is meant to guide the actions Prince George’s County, the City of Laurel, and other incorporated municipalities will take to reduce risk from disasters over the next five years and beyond. This plan assesses natural hazards that can impact the County and develops a strategy to reduce the impacts and build resilience. It will be integrated with new and existing plans, building and zoning regulations, and environmental projects.
This year, the plan will also take a much closer look at how future climate conditions will impact the hazards and how equity can be further elevated and integrated in the strategy. These additional focus areas will make sure that Prince George’s County and the City of Laurel responsibly and equitably plan actions and projects that will effectively mitigate risk from natural hazards for many years to come.
What is Hazard Mitigation?
Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from hazards, such as flooding, winter storms, or dam failures. Disasters can cause loss of life, damage to buildings and infrastructure, and have long-lasting impacts on a community’s economic, social, and environmental well-being. To help prevent this, mitigation actions are taken, such as public education and outreach programs, elevating buildings above potential floodwaters, or strengthening building codes to make sure new buildings can withstand hurricane-force winds.
Prince George’s County’s goal is to become a disaster-resilient community, so proactive mitigation planning is an important component of overall development planning.
The purpose of mitigation planning is to both protect people and structures from damage and to minimize the costs of disaster response and recovery. Prince George’s County and the City of Laurel are focusing on hazard mitigation planning to reduce risk and create a safer, more disaster-resilient community.
Public participation is critical for a successful hazard mitigation plan. The valuable knowledge from the residents and businesses of Prince George’s County and the City of Laurel help produce a plan that fully integrates what matters most to people living and working in the county.
Opportunities to provide information, input, and feedback will be available throughout the planning process. Our survey allows residents, business owners, and employees to share their concerns and opinions around hazard mitigation planning.
- Take the County Mitigation Planning Survey and make sure your voice is heard! The survey will take about 5 minutes or less to complete.
- Check out the County Hazard Mitigation Planning Story Map for more information about hazard mitigation, the planning process, and ways you can share hazard “problem areas” you’ve noticed in your community.
- Attend a public meeting (see below for details on upcoming meetings).
Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm ET
Registration Link: https://bit.ly/PublicHMP
Virtual Meeting Link to Join on a Computer: https://bit.ly/3CDoAyZ (Meeting ID: 233 230 066 852 | Passcode: RUTxzi)
Call-In Information (audio only): +1 571-360-4685 (Phone Conference ID: 967 186 565#)
Topic and Purpose: We will provide an overview of the hazard mitigation planning process, discuss initial hazard risk assessment findings, and leave plenty of time for members of the public to voice their concerns about flooding, problem areas, projects they’d like to see, and any other comments or questions.
- Mitigation Advisory Committee Kick-Off (9/16/2022)
- Public Meeting #1 (11/9/2022)
- Mitigation Advisory Committee: Risk Assessment Results (11/16/2022)