Hazard Mitigation Plan
Rock Island County updated its Hazard Mitigation Plan in 2021. The plan was previously updated in 2016 and is required to be updated every five years. The County has contracted with Bi-State Regional Commission for development of a multi-jurisdictional plan document. The County has invited all of its municipalities to join the planning effort. The municipalities that have actively participated 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 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) 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 Federal Emergency Management Agency (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.
A copy of the current adopted plan and the updated drafts can be found on the downloads page.