2018 State Hazard Mitigation Plan Receives Approvable Pending Adoption (APA) Status

The 2018 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Hazard Mitigation Plan Update has earned Approvable Pending Adoption (APA) status from FEMA Region III. Please find the approved plan here. Individual chapters and appendices can be downloaded through the links below. If you have any questions, please contact Ernie Szabo at erszabo@pa.gov or Sarah Bowen at sbowen@mbakerintl.com.

Chapter 1-TOC and Introduction
Chapter 2-State Profile
Chapter 3-Planning Process
Chapter 4-Risk Assessment (Natural Hazards)
Chapter 4-Risk Assessment (Human-made Hazards)
Chapter 5-Capability Assessment
Chapter 6-Mitigation Strategy
Chapter 7 and 8 Plan Maintenance and Adoption
Appendix A Bibliography
Appendix B Plan Review Tool
Appendix D Data Sources List
Appendix E Critical Facilities
Appendix G Hazus Results Reports
Appendix I Mitigation Action Prioritization
Appendix J Mitigation Projects
Appendix K NFIP Municipal Coverage
Appendix L Consequence Analysis
Appendix M Summary of Hazards Profiled in County Plans

 

2018 State Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Submitted to FEMA

Thank you to everyone that reviewed and commented on the draft 2018 State Hazard Mitigation Plan Update and participated throughout the planning process. After addressing all questions and comments that we received, the plan was submitted to FEMA for review on June 29, 2018. To view the updated version of the plan that was submitted to FEMA, please click here. Individual chapters and appendices can be downloaded through the links below. If you have any questions, please contact Ernie Szabo at erszabo@pa.gov or Sarah Bowen at sbowen@mbakerintl.com.

Chapter 1: TOC & Introduction
Chapter 2: State Profile
Chapter 3: Planning Process
Chapter 4: Risk Assessment (Natural Hazards)
Chapter 4: Risk Assessment (Human-made Hazards)
Chapter 5: Capability Assessment
Chapter 6: Mitigation Strategy
Chapter 7 & 8: Plan Maintenance & Adoption
Appendix A: Bibliography
Appendix B: Plan Review Tool
Appendix D: Data Sources List
Appendix E: Critical Facilities
Appendix G: Hazus Results Reports
Appendix I: Mitigation Action Prioritization
Appendix J: Mitigation Projects
Appendix K: NFIP Municipal Coverage
Appendix L: Consequence Analysis
Appendix M: Summary of Hazards Profiled in County Plans

New Hazards

New hazards will be added to the 2018 Update to the Pennsylvania State Hazard Mitigation Plan. These hazards were recommended for addition in meetings held for the annual reviews of the plan and in meetings focused on updating the 2018 HMP.  The new hazards include Building or Structure Collapse with a focus on infrastructure, Cyber-terrorism, and Opioid Addiction Response.  Additionally, Environmental Hazards were previously covered in one profile.  For the 2018 HMP Update, they will be broken out into separate profiles as follows:

  • Environmental Hazard – Coal Mining
  • Environmental Hazard – Conventional Oil and Gas Wells
  • Environmental Hazard – Hazardous Material Releases
  • Environmental Hazard – Unconventional Wells
  • Environmental Hazard – Gas and Liquid Pipeline
  • Environmental Hazards – Other

Environmental Hazard- Gas and Liquid Pipeline is a new topic for the State Hazard Mitigation Plan, while the other environmental hazards have been addressed in previous versions of the plan. We are excited to have the plan reflect the most current hazards impacting the Commonwealth.  The hazard profiles will also reflect the impact of Climate Change as appropriate in the Future Conditions sub-section of each hazard profile.  We welcome ideas to improve the risk assessment for existing and new hazard profiles and encourage you to contact Race Hodges at race.hodges@mbakerintl.com with data and ideas. You may also submit your ideas in the comment box below. Thanks for you input!