The West Virginia Emergency Management Division and its partners are currently updating the 2018 West Virginia Statewide Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan Update and will use this website as a tool in its continuing work to make West Virginia more resilient. The 2023 update will build on West Virginia’s commitment to creating stronger, more resilient communities through hazard mitigation activities. The update will provide statewide guidance to reduce loss and prevent injury from all hazards through goals, objectives, and strategies developed by the West Virginia Emergency Management Division, with input from the general citizenry and representatives from all levels of government.

What is Hazard Mitigation?

Mitigation is taking steps to protect what is valued – life and property – from risk. It is the sustained effort to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property by minimizing the impact of disasters before they happen. Mitigation is most effective when it is based on a comprehensive, long-term plan that is developed before a disaster happens.

What is Hazard Mitigation Planning?

Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMP) identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce the negative impacts of future disasters on lives, property, and the economy. The State’s HMP serves as the foundation for all other plans and planning processes in the State to integrate resilience and long-term risk reduction.

Why Update?

The State’s Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) sets the mitigation priorities, strategies, and actions for the State of West Virginia. We are required to
review and revise our State HMP and resubmit it for FEMA approval every five years to ensure our continued eligibility to receive funding through FEMA’s hazard mitigation assistance program.