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2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan

What is hazard mitigation planning?

Hazard mitigation planning is a process for State, local, and Indian Tribal governments to identify policies, activities, and tools to implement mitigation actions. Mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from a hazard event. This process has four steps:

  1. Organizing resources;
  2. Assessing risks;
  3. Developing a mitigation plan; and
  4. Implementing the plan and monitoring progress.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

In 2005, The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and incorporated cities and towns of Mathews, Mint Hill, Pineville, Huntersville, Davidson, and Cornelius, participated in a planning effort that resulted in the development of a hazard mitigation plan covering each participating jurisdictions. This Plan received Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval in 2005. These Plans are designed to meet the federal regulations set forth by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, which requires all local, county, tribal and state governments to develop a multi-hazard mitigation plan for their respective jurisdictions in order to be eligible to receive certain hazard mitigation and public assistance funds.

In October 2009, Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office initiated a process to to update the current plan and create a new plan to incorporate changes, requirements, and modifications to the hazard mitigation act of 2000.

This 2010 draft plan is located at the links on the left.

Who is involved in the hazard mitigation planning?

  • Mecklenburg County
  • City of Charlotte
  • Mathews
  • Mint Hill
  • Pineville
  • Huntersville
  • Davidson
  • Cornelius

Plan Update Process

AECOM was contracted in December 2009. The plan update process includes participation from each jurisdiction. The Hazard Mitigation Plan contains the following elements:

  • Previously identified hazards that may impact or have impacted the community
  • Profiles of the most relevant hazard events
  • Assessment of vulnerability to hazards
  • Assessment of the communities’ capability to mitigate hazards
  • Hazard mitigation goals and objectives for the community
  • Hazard mitigation actions and/or projects
  • Implementation strategy for the plan
  • Plan maintenance strategy for the next 5-year cycle
  • Write and officially adopt plan


The first public meeting was held at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on January 21, 2010. There will be one more meeting at a future date. It has not yet been scheduled.


The public is welcome to attend of the stakeholder meetings and encouraged to participate and comment on the Hazard Mitigation Plan during its drafting stages and prior to seeking final approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To submit comments online,


For more information or to submit comments and questions, call the Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office at 704-336-2412 or the contact below:

Wayne Broome
Emergency Management Director
Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office

228 East 9th Street
Charlotte NC, 28202
(704) 336-7616
Fax: (704) 336-4204


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