Brattleboro, Vermont

Hazard Mitigation Committee

The Hazard Mitigation Plan oversees the drafting and updating of the Town's Hazard Mitigation Plan. The purpose of this plan is to identify hazards facing the town and to develop strategies to begin reducing risks from those hazards.

Hazard mitigation is any sustained action that reduces or eliminates long-term risk to people and property from natural and human-caused hazards and their effects. Based on the results of previous Project Impact efforts, Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) and state agencies have come to recognize that it is less expensive to prevent disasters than to repeatedly repair damage after a disaster has struck. This plan recognizes that communities have opportunities to identify mitigation strategies and measures during all of the other phases of emergency management – preparedness, response and recovery. Hazards cannot be eliminated, but it is possible to determine what the hazards are, where the hazards are most severe and identify local actions that can be taken to reduce the severity of the hazard.

Hazard mitigation strategies and measures alter the hazard by eliminating or reducing the frequency of occurrence, averting the hazard by redirecting the impact by means of a structure or land treatment, adapt to the hazard by modifying structures or standards or avoid the hazard by stopping or limiting development, and could include projects such as:

  • Flood-proofing structures
  • Tying down propane/fuel tanks in flood-prone areas
  • Elevating furnaces and water heaters
  • Identifying and modifying high traffic incident locations and routes
  • Ensuring adequate water supply
  • Elevating structures or utilities above flood levels
  • Identifying and upgrading undersized culverts
  • Proactive land use planning for floodplains and other natural hazard areas
  • Proper road maintenance and construction
  • Ensuring critical facilities are safely located
  • Public information

Committee Members:

Patrick Moreland, Assistant Town Manager

Michael Fitzgerald, Police Chief

Michael Bucossi, Fire Chief

Peter Lynch, Assistant Fire Chief

Steve Barrett, Public Works Director

Hannah O'Connell, Highway/Utilities Superintendent

Rod Francis, Planning Director

Brian Bannon, Zoning Administrator