The purpose of a local hazard mitigation plan is to identify the community's notable risks and specific vulnerabilities, and then to create/implement corresponding mitigation projects to address those areas of concern. This methodology helps reduce human, environmental, and economical costs from natural and man-made hazards through the creation of long-term mitigation initiatives.
The Shelby County Hazard Mitigation Plan includes Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, Millington, and Memphis as well as the neighborhoods in the unincorporated area of Shelby County. The plan identifies existing and potential hazards to help Shelby County officials make decisions that may ultimately protect lives and property. Some average annual hazard occurrences in Shelby County include:
Severe Thunderstorms (Wind, Hail, Lightening)
Floods and Flash Floods
Extended Freeze/Severe Winter Storms
Prolonged Excessive Heat
Damage from a Moderate to Severe Earthquake
The plan also outlines strategies for implementing mitigation projects to lessen the financial impact of future disasters. History shows that the physical, financial, and emotional losses caused by disasters can be reduced significantly through hazard mitigation planning.
"The planning process encourages communities to integrate mitigation with day-to-day decision making regarding land-use planning, floodplain management, site design, and other activities," said Dale Lane, Former Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness.
Local mitigation plans are required by FEMA as a condition for states and communities to receive certain types of disaster assistance. Shelby County's mitigation plan must be approved at least once every five years.