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Lehigh Valley
Hazard Mitigation Plan
Update

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***Citizen Hazard Preparedness Survey***

LV HMP DRAFT HAZARD PROFILES
Public Review & Comment Period

Public comments should be forwarded to Nick Tylenda.

It is with great satisfaction that we can announce the 2013 Lehigh Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, submitted to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and FEMA in April 2013, has been approved pending adoption by each jurisdiction as explained.  Click here for FEMA approval letter.

All participating jurisdictions in the Lehigh Valley must now formally adopt......  Continue reading.

HMP COVER PAGE

PRESS RELEASE -NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT

ACRONYMS & ABBREVIATIONS

GLOSSARY

LEHIGH & NORTHAMPTON COUNTY ANNEXES

TABLES OF CONTENTS

SECTION 1 - INTRODUCTION

SECTION 2 - REGIONAL PROFILE

SECTION 3 - PLANNING PROCESS

SECTION 4.1 - METHODOLOGY & TOOLS

SECTION 4.2 - HAZARD IDENTIFICATION

SECTION 4.3.1 DROUGHT PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.2 EARTHQUAKE PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.3 EXTREME TEMPERATURE PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.4 FLOOD PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.5 HAILSTORM PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.6 LANDSLIDE PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.7 LIGHTNING STRIKE PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.8 RADON EXPOSURE PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.9 SUBSIDENCE_SINKHOLES PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.10 WILDFIRE PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.11 WIND PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.12 WINTER STORM PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.13 BUILDING COLLAPSE PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.14 DAM FAILURE PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.15 ENVIRONMENTAL_EXPLOSION PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.16 STRUCTURAL FIRE PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.17 LEVEE FAILURE PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.18 MASS GATHERING PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.19 NUCLEAR INCIDENT PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.20 TERRORISM PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.21 TRANSPORTATION ACCIDENTS PROFILE

SECTION 4.3.22 UTILITY INTERRUPTION PROFILE

SECTION 4.4 - HAZARD RANKING

SECTION 5 - CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT

SECTION 6 - MITIGATION STRATEGY

SECTION 7 - PLAN MAINTENANCE

SECTION 8 - PLAN ADOPTION

APPENDICIES

APPENDIX A - REFERENCES

APPENDIX B - LOCAL PLAN REVIEW TOOL

APPENDIX C - MEETING DOCUMENTATION

APPENDIX D - MUNICIPAL PARTICIPATION DOCUMENTATION

APPENDIX E - PUBLIC & STAKEHOLDER OUTREACH DOCUMENTATION

APPENDIX F - SAMPLE ADOPTION RESOLUTION

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY MUNICIPAL ANNEXES

NC - ALLEN TOWNSHIP

NC - BANGOR BOROUGH

NC - BATH BOROUGH

NC - BETHLEHEM CITY

NC - BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP

NC - BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP

NC - CHAPMAN BOROUGH

NC - EAST ALLEN TOWNSHIP

NC - EAST BANGOR BOROUGH

NC - EASTON CITY

NC - FORKS TOWNSHIP

NC - FREEMANSBURG BOROUGH

NC - GLENDON BOROUGH

NC - HANOVER TOWNSHIP

NC - HELLERTOWN BOROUGH

NC - LEHIGH TOWNSHIP

NC - LOWER MOUNT BETHEL TOWNSHIP

NC - LOWER NAZARETH TOWNSHIP

NC - LOWER SAUCON TOWNSHIP

NC - MOORE TOWNSHIP

NC - NAZARETH BOROUGH

NC - NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH

NC - NORTH CATASAUQUA BOROUGH

NC - PALMER TOWNSHIP

NC - PEN ARGYL BOROUGH

NC - PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP

NC - PORTLAND BOROUGH

NC - ROSETO BOROUGH

NC - STOCKERTOWN BOROUGH

NC - TATAMY BOROUGH

NC - UPPER MOUNT BETHEL TOWNSHIP

NC - UPPER NAZARETH TOWNSHIP

NC - WALNUTPORT BOROUGH

NC - WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

NC - WEST EASTON BOROUGH

NC - WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP

NC - WILSON BOROUGH

NC - WIND GAP BOROUGH

LEHIGH COUNTY MUNICIPAL ANNEXES

LC - ALBURTIS BOROUGH

LC - ALLENTOWN CITY

LC - BETHLEHEM CITY

LC - CATASAUQUA BOROUGH

LC - COPLAY BOROUGH

LC - COOPERSBURG BOROUGH

LC - EMMAUS BOROUGH

LC - FOUNTAIN HILL BOROUGH

LC - HANOVER TOWNSHIP

LC - HEIDELBERG TOWNSHIP

LC - LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP

LC - LOWER MILFORD TOWNSHIP

LC - LOWHILL TOWNSHIP

LC - LYNN TOWNSHIP

LC - MACUNGIE BOROUGH

LC - NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP

LC - SALISBURY TOWNSHIP

LC - SLATINGTON BOROUGH

LC - SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP

LC - UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP

LC - UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP

LC - UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP

LC - WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

LC - WEISENBERG TOWNSHIP

LC - WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP

Hazard Mitigation Plan 2012 Update - Introduction

The residents of the Lehigh Valley are well aware of their vulnerability to natural hazards such as flooding, severe storms, and severe winter storms.  Further, man-made and technological hazards put people and property at risk on a daily basis.  Hazard mitigation planning is a step toward addressing these hazards and the effects on County businesses and population and reducing future damages due to hazard events.  Residents and businesses benefit from comprehensive hazard mitigation planning by using a sustained pro-active approach to reduce or eliminate long term risk to people and property from hazards.  By utilizing mitigation planning, communities assess risks and identify actions to reduce their vulnerability and increase sustainability.

Mission Statement:

The Steering Committee is in the process of developing a Mission Statement for this plan update.

 

A Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) is a living document that communities use to reduce their vulnerability to hazards.  HMPs form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.   They create a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.

Further, communities must have an approved HMP to apply for or receive pre-disaster mitigation grant funding. Grant funding is available for projects to mitigate risk to both public and private property.   For example projects such as home elevations and local flood mitigation projects are eligible for funding.  Ultimately, these actions reduce vulnerability, and communities are able to recover more quickly from disasters.

L ehigh Valley’s original HMP was approved by FEMA in April 2007, and may be seen at the 2006 Plan link.   By regulation, local HMPs must be formally updated every five years.   The update process is an opportunity for Northampton and Lehigh Counties and its municipalities to not only re-examine its vulnerability to natural hazards, it also allows for the identification of man-made hazards which impact vistors and residents of the Lehigh Valley every day.

 This large scale planning effort is being accomplished through a collaborative effort between the Northampton County Division of Emergency Management Services, Lehigh County Emergency Services, the Lehigh Valley HMP Steering Committee and Tetra Tech, Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ).  This planning initiative is expected to continue through Spring 2012.  The two counties and in lying municipalities (the “Planning Partnership”) have committed to participating in this process, and continue to be eligible for pre-disaster mitigation grant funding. 


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What is Hazard Mitigation?

Hazard Mitigation is any action taken to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters (natural, technological and man-made).  It is often considered the first of the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Mitigation measures fall into the following six general categories, and address both public and private property:

Prevention: Measures such as planning and zoning, open space preservation, and development regulations, building codes, storm water management, fire fuel reduction, soil erosion, and sediment control.

Property Protection: Measures such as acquisition, relocation, storm shutters, rebuilding, barriers, flood-proofing, insurance, and structural retrofits for high winds and earthquake hazards.

Public Education and Awareness: Measures such as outreach projects, real estate disclosure, hazard information centers, technical assistance, and school age and adult education programs.

Natural Resource Protection: Measures such as erosion and sediment control, stream corridor protection, vegetative management, and wetlands preservation.

Emergency Services: Measures such as hazard threat recognition, hazard warning systems, emergency response, protection of critical facilities, and health and safety maintenance.

Structural Projects: Measures such as dams, levees, seawalls, bulkheads, revetments, high flow diversions, spillways, buttresses, debris basins, retaining walls, channel modifications, storm sewers, and retrofitted buildings and elevated roadways (seismic protection).

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How does this Plan benefit the Lehigh Valley?

The bi-county hazard mitigation plan assists Northampton and Lehigh Counties with the following: 

  • An increased understanding of natural and man-made hazards impacting the region
  • Assess the risk and vulnerability of people, property, and the environment
  • Reduced long-term impacts and damages to human health and structures and reduced repair costs 
  • Development of more sustainable and disaster-resistant communities  
  • Access to federal mitigation grant funding for eligible projects
  • Proactive mitigation leads to sustainable, more cost-effective projects. By contrast, reactive mitigation tends to lead to the “quick-fix” alternatives; it simply costs too much to address the effects of disasters only after they happen. A surprising amount of damage can be prevented if the region anticipates where and how disasters will occur, and take steps to mitigate those damages.

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How can I get involved in the Plan Update?

Review the 2006 Hazard Mitigation Plan and provide input.

Review the 2012 Plan Update Draft and provide input.

Attend public outreach activities held during the Plan Update process. 

Contact the County Contacts or Municipal Contacts if you are interested in mitigating your residential or commercial property.

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Public Outreach Activities

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County Contacts

Nick Tylenda, CEM
Planning Project Director
Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Manager
Northampton County Emergency Management Services
100 Gracedale Avenue
Nazareth, PA  18064-9278
ntylenda@ncem-pa.org 
Phone: (610) 746-3194, x2230

 

Tanya Hook
County Mitigation Lead
Community Outreach Coordinator
Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency
640 W. Hamilton Street, 8
th Floor
Allentown, PA  18101
tanyahook@lehighcounty.org
Phone:  (610) 782-4600

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Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee

As the title suggests, the role of the Steering Committee is to provide guidance and direction to the planning effort to ensure the resulting document will be embraced both politically and by the constituency within the planning area. The Steering Committee will provide guidance and leadership, oversee the planning process, and act as the point of contact for all participating communities and the various interest groups in the planning area. The makeup of this committee was selected to provide a cross section of views to enhance the planning effort and to help build support for hazard mitigation.

The Steering Committee that has been selected for this process is as follows:

Name

Nick Tylenda, CEM

Robert Mateff, ENP

Tanya Hook

Tom Nervine

Joseph Laky

Todd Weaver, ENP

Geoff Reese

Susan Rockwell

Affiliation

Northampton County Emergency Management Services

Northampton County Emergency Management Services

Lehigh County Emergency Services

Lehigh County Emergency Services

Northampton County GIS Department

Northampton County Emergency Management Services

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

Agendas and Minutes

July 7, 2011

 

December 19, 2011

 

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Resources and Links

Agencies / Organizations

Northampton County Emergency Management Services:

 Lehigh County Emergency Services:

 Lehigh Valley Planning Commission:

Northampton County Conservation District

Lehigh County Conservation District

Delaware River Basin Commission

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Home Page:    www.fema.gov

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Division:  www.fema.gov/about/divisions/mitigation/mitigation.shtm

F EMA – Region III:    http://www.fema.gov/about/regions/regioniii/

 

Mitigation Planning

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning Page: http://www.fema.gov/plan/mitplanning/

Mitigation Planning Guidance Documents: http://www.fema.gov/plan/mitplanning/guidance.shtm#3

 

Flood Insurance and Grant Programs

National Flood Insurance Program:   www.fema.gov/business/nfip/index.shtm

FEMA Mitigation Grant Programs:   http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/hma/index.shtm

 

Regulatory

Hazard Mitigation Planning Laws, Regulations and Guidance:  http://www.fema.gov/plan/mitplanning/guidance.shtm

 

Hazard Information

FEMA Hazard Support: www.fema.gov/hazard/index.shtm

N ational Weather Service – National:http://www.nws.noaa.gov/

N ational Weather Service Forecast Office – Philadelphia/Mt. Holly: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/phi/

 

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Stakeholder Forms

 

Capability Assessment Survey

Contact and Municipal Information Sheet

Evaluation of Identified Hazards and Risk

Commerce Survey

EMS Survey

Fire Survey

Hospitals Survey

Law Enforcement Survey

Schools Survey

Utilities Survey

Credit to Delaware County, NY Department of Emergency Services