Hazard Mitigation Plan

FEMA defines hazard mitigation as: 

A series of actions and policies designed to reduce and/or eliminate the impacts of naturally occurring disasters on people and property. 

About the Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) Update

A hazard mitigation plan should be considered a living document that must grow and adapt, keeping pace with a community’s growth and change.  The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA) places high priority on the continuation of the planning process after the initial submittal, requiring communities to seek and receive re-approval from FEMA in order to remain eligible for assistance.  The HMP Update process also aims to increase awareness and involvement in hazard mitigation as part of daily activities. 

This Update will replace the existing 2018 Richmond Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. The approach for this Update is premised on four primary methods outlined in the requirements of the DMA 2000 Public Law 106-390, October 10, 2000: 

  • Planning Process—Outreach and Stakeholder Coordination 
  • Risk Assessment—Identifying Hazards and Estimating Losses 
  • Mitigation Strategy— Identifying Mitigation Actions and Implementation Strategies 
  • Plan Maintenance—Implementation, Evaluation and Revision/Update 

Stay tuned on this webpage for more information on how to get involved! 


Shaun Lacey, AICP, Town Planner, townplanner@richmondri.com, 401-539-9000 Ext.6
Randy Gemme, Emergency Management Director, rema@richmondri.com

A Public Input Meeting was held on February 16, 2022. See recording

Hazard Mitigation Plan Slideshow


The Town has been working with consultant BETA Group to develop a Hazard Mitigation Plan. We have developed a final draft of the document which you can review at this link.