The Greene County Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Plan represents the work of several County departments, numerous Town and Village representatives, and other elected and appointed government officials who collaborated to develop this blueprint to protect community assets preserve the economic viability of the community, and save lives.
Greene County residents and assets are at risk from various hazards, experiencing several heavy winter storms almost every year, and numerous flooding events every year. This plan provides a long-term approach to reducing the likelihood that a natural hazard will turn into a disaster. The plan uses updated data for assessing vulnerabilities and presents updated strategies for making Greene County a safer and more sustainable community.
Although this plan is an update to the 2009 Greene County Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan, it is a new chapter in the County’s hazard mitigation planning efforts. Since Hurricane Irene, Tropical Lee, and Superstorm Sandy hit, Greene County and its municipalities are thinking about hazard mitigation in its true proactive sense, and are ready to take action.
This plan will help the County to implement mitigation projects instead of only responding to and recovering from hazard events. With this plan update the County not only aims to maintain eligibility for federal mitigation project funding (under Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000) but apply for diverse sources of funding. The plan is a step towards the County becoming more resilient, i.e. able to withstand and quickly recover from a natural hazard event. Therefore the plan is renamed Greene County Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Plan.