Hazard Mitigation

The South Central Regional Council of Governments Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) for Bethany, Branford, Hamden, Madison, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge received FEMA Approval on June 24, 2014.  The HMP planning process adhered to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards and requirements for local hazard mitigation plans. The purpose of the HMP is to help reduce the South Central Region’s vulnerability to natural hazards and ease the burden of keeping communities safe and resilient. The HMP identifies hazard risks and mitigation actions to reduce or eliminate those risks. Through the Plan, the participating municipalities are eligible for FEMA mitigation program funding before and after potential natural disasters.The participating municipalities have been diligently working to advance or further evaluate their respective mitigations actions. SCRCOG has been advancing the regional mitigation actions by obtaining grant funding to advance resiliency efforts.

SCRCOG was awarded a FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant to update the HMP, which will include the following additional communities in the region: East Haven, Guilford, Milford and New Haven.

South Central Region Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan – May 2018

Presentation at Regional Public Meeting – February 22, 2018

South Central Region Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Fact Sheet

Plan Documents

The 2014 South Central Region Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for download below.

South Central Region Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan

South Central Region Mutli-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan, Appendices A – L           Note: ~ 83 MB

South Central Region Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan, Appendix M



Local Mitigation Planning Policy Guide; FEMA, 2022

State Mitigation Planning Policy; FEMA, 2022

Community Rating System Addendum to the 2017 Coordinator’s Manual; FEMA, 2021

Floodplain Buyouts: An Action Guide for Local Governments; UNC-IE, 2017

Demonstrating Good Practices within Local Hazard Mitigation Plans; FEMA, 2017

Local Mitigation Planning Handbook; FEMA, 2013

Integrating Hazard Mitigation into Local Planning; FEMA, 2013

Mitigation Ideas: A Resource for Reducing Risk to Natural Hazards; FEMA, 2013

Living with Dams; FEMA, 2013

The Impact of Climate Change and Population Growth on the NFIP; AECOM, 2013

Adapting to the Rise: A Guide for CT’s Coastal Communities; The Nature Conservancy, 2013

Municipal Zoning Options for Adaption to Sea Level Rise in CT; The Nature Conservancy, 2013

Incorporating Building Science Guidance into Risk Map Implementation; FEMA, 2018

Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide; FEMA, 2011

National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System Local Official’s Guide; FEMA

Mitigation Ideas: Possible Mitigation Measures by Hazard Type; FEMA