The Hazard Mitigation Plan is a requirement in order to be eligible to receive federal and state disaster relief funds if and when Wake County experiences a declared natural disaster. The purpose of the plan is to develop hazard mitigation strategies and an implementation schedule for those strategies. The intent of the plan is to develop a more resilient community that will be more resistant to damage from natural hazards and that will be able to recover quicker from a disaster.
The plan consists of five basic steps:
- Identification and analysis of natural hazards that could impact the County
- Assessment of the County's vulnerability to these natural hazards
- Assessment of the County's capability to respond to a natural disaster
- Assessment of the County's current policies and ordinances that are related to hazard mitigation
- Development of hazard mitigation strategies that can be implemented to reduce future vulnerability.
The 12 natural hazards that the County must address in the plan are:
- Riverine erosion
- Dam and levee failures
- Drought and heat waves
- Hurricanes and coastal storms
- Landslides and sink holes
- Severe storms and tornadoes
- Winter storms and freezes.