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Posted on: September 14, 2022

Public Comment Open for the Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan

This graphic shows a photo of a fire truck at night with its emergency lights on.

The 2022 Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan (NOVA HMP) is close to completion and the final draft is available and open for public comment. The City is asking for your input and comments on the plan. Building a more resilient community takes all of us and your input is important. Hazard mitigation allows communities to reduce the impact of disasters and save lives.

Learn more about the NOVA HMP and how you can comment. Comment period open through October 8.

What is the Hazard Mitigation Plan?

The plan covers many Northern Virginia counties, towns, and cities, including the City of Falls Church.

Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. A hazard mitigation plan identifies the hazards a community or region faces, assesses their vulnerability to the hazards and identifies specific actions that can be taken to reduce the risk from the hazards.

The plan is updated every five years and aims to minimize or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from known hazards such as droughts, floods, winter weather, high winds, and other major disasters. Hazard mitigation efforts could include projects such as flood channel clearing, road and bridge design changes, property buy-outs, building code changes, or public alert systems.

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