Charlestown Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Meeting January 28

The Charlestown Natural Hazard Mitigation Committee (CNHMC) is updating the local natural hazard mitigation plan. A public meeting to review the draft Charlestown Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (Plan) is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in the Cross Mills Public Library located at 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

During the meeting, the public is invited to make comments and/or suggestions. An emergency management official will be on hand to answer questions. All comments received from the public will be documented and considered for inclusion in the Plan.

According to Dori Boardman, Chair of the CNHMC, the Plan is a process designed to reduce the loss of life and property during time of natural disaster events.

This Plan is being completed through a cooperative effort of town officials,” Boardman said. “Once it meets approval of Town Council and the public, it will be submitted to the RI Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) for review and comment then will be given to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for final review.”

Boardman says the Plan is designed to mesh with and support RIEMA’s statewide Hazard Mitigation Plan (2014). This will help increase coordination between local, state, and federal agencies during times of disaster. In addition, by completing a hazard mitigation plan, Charlestown is entitled to apply for future federal relief dollars to fund specific mitigation projects, continue to provide reduced insurance premiums through the Community Rating System (CRS) Program, and reduce and/or eliminate vulnerabilities resulting from disaster events throughout Charlestown.

Please visit click Town Departments, then on drop-down menu click Building/Zoning Official’s page to see a draft copy of the committee’s Risk Assessment Matrix; an integral component of the draft Plan.

Or use these direct links to the documents

Click Here for Hazard Mitigation Risk Assessment Matrix (draft)

Click Here for an Explanation of the Hazard Mitigation Risk Assessment Matrix

Questions, comments and/or input on the Hazard Mitigation Risk Assessment Matrix can be directed to Dori Boardman at Charlestown Town Hall