Hazard Mitigation

Hazard mitigation planning is required under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 as a condition of receiving various types of pre- and post-disaster assistance for mitigation efforts.

Services

York County Planning Commission (YCPC) provides the following services coordinated through the York County Hazard Mitigation Officer:

  • The County Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF), a collaborative effort with:
  • Support and Education: YCPC staff can attend meetings and provide input to local municipalities regarding their hazard mitigation concerns, and can also participate in or provide educational training for various audiences.
  • Information: YCPC maintains an abundance of information relating to hazard mitigation and municipalities or other stakeholders are welcome to contact staff with questions.
  • Project review: Staff is available to review and comment on proposed plans, projects, regulations, and policies to ensure consistency with the 2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan and other Comprehensive Plan components.

Update

York County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF) is currently in the process of being updated. Information on this process, supporting documentation, and public commentary may be found below:

Mitigation Assistance

The York County Planning Commission (YCPC) is updating the York County Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires State, local (county/municipal), and Indian Tribal governments to plan for hazard mitigation as a requirement for certain types of mitigation assistance. 

Update Requirments

The plan is required to be updated every five years. The first York County Hazard Mitigation Plan was adopted in 2008 and it was last updated in 2013, making this update the third iteration of the Plan. The YCPC has secured Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant funding through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to update the Plan. Staff of the YCPC will update the Plan with guidance from a Local Planning Team and input from all 72 municipalities. 

Public Input

Public review and comment is an important part of Plan development. Input from a variety of stakeholders is important not only for updating the County HMP, but also because most municipalities adopt the County Plan as their local HMP to meet the requirements of DMA 2000. Some topics to be addressed by the update include:

  • Addressing any new mitigation planning requirements
  • Evaluating any new hazards
  • Incorporating information regarding climate change, historic resources, and the County's aging population
  • Soliciting new hazard mitigation projects
  • Updating base information

Additional Information

The Plan has been submitted to FEMA for a 45-day review period