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North Dakota's hazard mitigation plan approved by FEMA

Posted on 3/4/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Cecily Fong
March 4, 2014701-328-8100



BISMARCK, ND - North Dakota recently received Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval for its state multi-hazard mitigation plan. The plan is a risk analysis tool which identifies the hazards most likely to affect North Dakota and provides a state-wide review of the impacts of these hazards. The mitigation plan contains an analysis of natural and technological hazards that could occur in North Dakota, and outlines mitigation strategies that could protect our state's citizens and communities by minimizing the impacts of these identified hazards.

Examples of hazards included in the updated plan are wild land fires, floods, space weather, severe summer and winter weather, and drought. The plan addresses multiple aspects of each hazard such as the probability of it occurring, the potential for the loss of life and property, and possible impacts on the economy. The plan also focuses on long-term initiatives and strategies that could prevent or reduce future losses.

Approval ensures North Dakota will continue receiving federal dollars for permanent infrastructure repair during federally-declared disasters, as well as funding for mitigation projects intended to prevent damages to life and property from natural hazards. North Dakota has received nearly $219 million since 1997 through the federally-funded Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs.

Some of North Dakota's successful mitigation projects are:

Home acquisitions in flood-prone areas
Living snow fences
Burying overhead power lines
Flood proofing critical infrastructure
Purchasing early warning sirens
Creation of retention basins
Expanding drainage system capacities
Developing local mitigation plans

North Dakota is required to have a statewide multi-hazard mitigation plan and must review and update the plan every three years in order to receive federal disaster recovery and mitigation program funds.

The 2014 mitigation plan update reflects the broad-based involvement of 82 representatives from 50 local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private industry and non-profit organizations. The N.D. Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) led the update efforts with assistance from AMEC Environment and Infrastructure. The team expanded its analysis of hazards to also include the impacts of our state's rapidly developing energy industry.

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