Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Lawrence County Hazard Mitigation Plan has been prepared to meet requirements set forth by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) in order for the County to be eligible for funding and technical assistance from state and federal hazard mitigation programs. It will be updated and maintained to address both natural and human-made hazards determined to be of significant risk to the County and/or its local municipalities. Updates will take place at a minimum every five years, but they will also take place following significant disaster events.
The Lawrence County Hazard Mitigation Plan is an umbrella plan that encompasses the input of the local municipalities and the general public. Mitigation begins at the local level in communities, boroughs, and cities where impacts of damaging events are first felt. Local mitigation planning focuses community attention on development issues prior to a disaster, ensuring participation in a more proactive sense. Through participation in the hazard mitigation planning process, local entities will posses the capability to identify, take advantage of, and implement mitigation strategies. Active hazard mitigation in a community also contributes to public safety and welfare, economic development, and environmental protection.