The City of Newport has announced that FEMA Region I has completed its review of the Newport, Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan and found it approvable pending adoption by the Newport City Council.  With this approval, the jurisdiction meets the local mitigation planning requirements under 44 CFR 201 pending the receipt by FEMA of the adoption documentation and final plan.

According to the press release, City officials expect to submit the document by the middle of November.

“Newport is committed to building a disaster resistant community achieving sustainable development through a coordinated effort with state and local government and its policymakers to mitigate hazard impacts before disaster strikes. Hazard mitigation is the process of reducing the potential severity of natural or naturally instigated hazards through anticipation and planning. Pre-disaster planning and investment in preventative measures can reduce the cost of tomorrow’s post-disaster recovery and help post-disaster operations become more efficient. Some hazards require engineering solutions, such as replacing a deteriorating seawall; other hazards, such as an imminent hurricane, require the implementation of an emergency response plan.,” the release says.

“The Newport Plan has 10 goals that will support the implementation of our strategy,” says Christine O’Grady, City Planner for the City of Newport. “The actions and activities that will support these goals will help reduce the community’s vulnerability to these disasters, should they occur.”

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