Zoning and Building Safety Department
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Planning
Rock Island County was awarded a grant in April 2006 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) plan. The grant is administered through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). The County has contracted with Bi-State Regional Commission for development of a multi-jurisdictional plan document. The County will be inviting all of its municipalities to join the planning effort. The municipalities that actively participate and individually adopt the plan will be included in the grant program eligibility that the plan conveys.
The plan will meet the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, also known as DMA 2000. The Act, which was signed into law on October 30, 2000, streamlines delivery and utilization of disaster recovery assistance and places increased emphasis on local mitigation planning. It requires local governments to develop and submit mitigation plans as a condition of receiving Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) project grants. Rock Island County has successfully used both of these programs to acquire flood-damaged residential properties. A local government must have a FEMA-approved plan in order to continue to receive project grants.
The plan must document the process of plan development, including public participation. The plan must identify and assess all natural hazards that may impact the area and may also include man-made disasters related to technology, infrastructure, and terrorism. The plan will profile participating communities, identify critical facilities, and estimate potential damage costs. With this information, the planning effort will develop mitigation goals, evaluate a variety of mitigation measures, and prioritize an implementation strategy with continued plan monitoring included.
The Final Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan
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