PIKE COUNTY, PA -- For the past few months, Pike County, along with its 13 municipalities, have been in the process of updating the 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The 2022 Update is now available for public review and comment. The plan focuses on existing and future buildings, infrastructure, and critical facilities that might be impacted by natural disasters. Ultimately, the mitigation projects identified and implemented will reduce vulnerability and enable communities to become more resilient to disasters.
The County profiled the hazards and their potential consequences that may impact Pike County and its municipalities, identified assets that are subject to losses or damage, and estimated the potential losses that could result from each type of hazard. The County and its municipalities have also developed a mitigation strategy that includes the identification of hazard mitigation goals as well as a prioritized list of actions designed to reduce losses.
The County is now asking members of the public to contribute further to the planning process by reviewing the draft Plan and providing feedback and comments. The full, updated HMP is available for public review and comment at the Pike County HMP plan website at https://www.pikecountypahmp.com/.
A printed copy is available for review during regular business hours at the Pike County Community Planning Office, 837 US Route 6, Unit 3, Shohola, PA 18458.
Feedback from municipal officials, stakeholders, and members of the public is welcomed and encouraged during the public comment period, which will remain open until July 6, 2022. All feedback provided will be reviewed by municipal, state, federal and county entities, and incorporated, where appropriate. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PikeDraftHMP to comment on the Plan.
The update and approval of this plan allows the county and participating jurisdictions to continue to be eligible for future pre-disaster mitigation funding from FEMA. Examples of grant-eligible projects include home acquisitions or elevations – to either remove houses located in the floodplain to generate open space and increase flood storage or to raise their first floor above the FEMA base flood elevation – and local flood control measures.
Additional information about the Hazard Mitigation Plan and the planning process is posted on the Pike County HMP plan website at https://www.pikecountypahmp.com/.