Hazard Mitigation Plans
WMSRDC has prepared numerous multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plans which have garnered praise from state and federal partners. WMSRDC hazard mitigation plans were featured in the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division’s “Michigan Hazard Mitigation Success Stories” publication in 2011.
To be effective, hazard mitigation plans should combine detailed research with extensive outreach and input from stakeholders to identify local risks and priorities. In addition, a locally adopted and FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan helps a community and its citizens qualify for assistance through the federal Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) programs.
Community Wildfire Protection Plans
Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) are enabled by the federal Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA), which provides communities with a tremendous opportunity to influence where and how federal agencies implement fuel reduction projects on federal lands. A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is the most effective way to take advantage of this opportunity. Additionally, communities with Community Wildfire Protection Plans in place will be given priority for funding of hazardous fuels reduction projects carried out under the auspices of the HFRA.
WMSRDC has worked with the counties of Mason and Oceana to develop CWPPs that meet the requirements of the HFRA, as well as the recommendations of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. These documents capitalize on the information contained within each county’s hazard mitigation plan, and go into more depth to study and mitigate wildfires in the area.