Public Input Wanted on Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan; Comment Period Open Through October 8, 2022

On behalf of the Northern Virginia Emergency Managers, NVERS is pleased to announce the opportunity for public comment on the Northern Virginia 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan (NOVA HMP) update. The public comment period will be open from September 8, 2022 through October 8, 2022.

The 2022 NOVA HMP is a multi-jurisdictional plan that covers the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William, the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park, and the Towns of Clifton, Dumfries, Haymarket, Herndon, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Occoquan, Purcellville, Quantico, Round Hill, and Vienna. The plan update also incorporates the concerns and needs of other stakeholder participants.

Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. A hazard mitigation plan identifies the hazards a community or region faces, assesses their vulnerability to the hazards and identifies specific actions that can be taken to reduce the risk from the hazards.

The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires communities to update their plan every 5 years to maintain eligibility for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. The NOVA HMP, required to be updated every 5 years, aims to minimize, or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from known hazards, such as droughts, floods, winter weather, high winds, and other major disasters. Hazard mitigation efforts could include projects such as flood channel clearing, road and bridge design changes, property buy-outs, building code changes, or public alert systems.

Public Comment period is a time where we encourage members of the public who live and work in Northern Virginia to provide feedback to ensure the NOVA HMP reflects the priorities and concerns of the community and proposes action items to address those risks. Members of the public can also review the results of the jurisdictions risk analysis, which was guided in part by the results from an earlier community survey and is included in the draft plan.

After the comment period closes October 8, 2022, results will be compiled, and included in the updated plan that will be submitted for review and approval by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency before being presented to Counties, Cities, and Towns for final adoption.

HOW TO SHARE YOUR COMMENTS

Please send comments or questions on the draft plan no later than 5:00 p.m., October 8, 2022, to: NOVA2022PublicComment@iem.com. Please review the plan documents below and note which document your comments pertain to upon submission.

Plan Documents

Northern Virginia HMP Base Plan

Jurisdictional Annexes

Annex 1: Arlington County

Annex 2: City of Alexandria

Annex 3: City of Fairfax

Annex 4: City of Falls Church

Annex 5: City of Manassas

Annex 6: City of Manassas Park

Annex 7: Fairfax County

Annex 8: Loudoun County

Annex 17: Prince William County