The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2K) is a key component of the Federal government’s commitment to reduce damages to private and public property through mitigation actions. This legislation established the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program and created requirements for the Post-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). This key piece of federal legislation is known as Public Law 106-390.
DMA 2K requires local governments to develop and submit mitigation plans to qualify for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) funds. The Act requires the plan to demonstrate “a jurisdiction’s commitment to reduce risk from natural hazards, serving as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of natural hazards.” Upon completion, the final plan must be approved by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and then adopted by each participating jurisdiction.
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Essex County Emergency Operations Plan - DRAFT
The Essex Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) has been revised as required by the Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Services and Disaster Laws of 2000, as amended, § 44-146.13 to § 44-146.29:2. A local planning team was developed to provide input and gather information to complete the revision of this plan.
The revised plan is an accurate and appropriate reflection of how the County will address natural and man-made disasters and events as they develop. The revised plan is based on current resources available at the local level.