Here’s your chance to help make Pike County a safer place from natural and manmade hazards.
The public is invited to participate in updating Pike County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) that will pave the way for mitigation funding.  To take the online survey, go to or visit our project website at for the link and additional plan update information.
Pike County has received a grant to complete a mandatory five-year update of its existing 2012 Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan will identify key actions to be taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural and human-made disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines hazard mitigation as a “sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards.”
The Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000 requires local governments to have a hazard mitigation plan approved by FEMA. This plan will eventually form the basis for a long-term strategy to help reduce or eliminate disaster losses, and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.
The goal of Pike County’s plan is to identify projects that can reduce damages from future natural hazards. The plan will include an updated risk assessment and a hazard-mitigation strategy. Pike County’s main natural hazards of concern include flood, earthquake, hurricane/tropical storms, winter storms, and wildfire. The human-made hazards include dam failure, urban fire/explosion, and utility interruption. The study focuses on existing and future buildings, infrastructure and critical facilities that might be impacted.   
Communities with an approved HMP may apply for pre-disaster mitigation funding for projects to mitigate risk to both public and private property, such as home elevations and local flood-control measures.  Ultimately these projects will reduce vulnerability and enable communities to recover more quickly from disasters.
For more information, contact Michael Mrozinski, Planning Director, Pike County Office of Community Planning at 570-296-3500 or