2020 Hazard Mitigation Plan Project Page
The Berrien County Hazard Mitigation Plan is being updated. Elements and activity related to this project will be published on this webpage to encourage community involvement. Check back frequently for updates to this project.
Receiving Notifications About this Project
As a convenience, when substantive changes are made to this page the Emergency Management staff will send out a "News Flash" to the Emergency Management Subscriber's list. To sign up for this notification list, click the "Notify Me" button at the bottom of this page and subscribe to the Emergency Management News Flash List. It is also recommended for any vendors to sign up for the County's Bid list as well.
Public Comment Draft
Berrien County (MI), in partnership with Tennessee-based BOLDplanning, Inc, is in the process of updating the County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
As part of the activity, the County, including all participating jurisdictions, seeks feedback from residents and businesses to incorporate into the plan. Please use the survey linked below to submit your plan review comments to the County. Your comments, along with additional feedback and input, will be included in the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan update before submission to the State of Michigan and Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA.
CURRENT Project STATUS
JUL 06, 2022 - The draft plan is now being offered to the public and our stakeholders for comment. The comment period will end on AUG 08 at 12PM Eastern time. Check back to this page for more instructions on how to leave a comment. In the meantime, a copy of this draft plan is downloaded by clicking this link. After reviewing the draft, comments will be gathered on this form.
MAY 30, 2022 - Several additional contacts with local units of government have occurred to complete the STAPLE+E analysis. Some municipalities have adjusted their project descriptions and they will be submitted in the draft plan. The draft is being reviewed for errors and continuity. It is being readied to release to the public to facilitate the whole community's involvement. As part of this, a survey and webpage are being built to collect these comments.
FEB 28, 2022 - Several one-on one meetings with local units of government have been conducted. Many local municipalities have submitted project descriptions to potentially solve impacts associated with known and persistent hazards in their areas. The project descriptions will be reviewed for detail and an analysis, called a STAPLE+E analysis, will be completed. The STAPLEE evaluation method uses seven criteria for evaluating a mitigation action: Social, Technical, Administrative, Political, Legal, Economic, and Environmental. factors.
- Generic Video Narration of Meeting without participants (can be used for education).
- Instructions on how to fill out the project workbook
- Blank Project Workbook
- Berrien County Example Projects
- FEMA BRIC Mitigation Action Profiles Guide
- FEMA Hazard Mitigation Project Ideas Guide
On JUN 03, the Hazard Mitigation Survey had been open to receiving feedback from plan stakeholders and the public for almost one (1) month. The stats for the survey as of JUN 03 were as follows: 632 views, 230 participants, 5,277 responses, 519 comments, and 61 subscribers. BOLDplanning will begin drafting the "Community Profile and Assess Risk" section of the plan draft over the next month.