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Irene, Sandy, Athena... What’s Next? Help Make Hamden Less Vulnerable to Disasters

The South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCROG) wants your input for developing a multi-jurisdiction hazard mitigation plan so Hamden and surrounding towns can become better prepared for disasters.

 

Officials from Hamden spent countless hours preparing the town for Sandy’s strike. Following the storm, they put in even more hours to help keep residents stay safe and clean-up the mess. Now Hamden and several other area towns are asking you to give back by participating in a hazard mitigation survey.

“The South Central Regional Council of Governments [SCROG] has been awarded a grant from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to develop a Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan for Bethany, Branford, Hamden, Madison, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge. The five additional municipalities in the Region (East Haven, Guilford, Meriden, Milford, and New Haven) have completed or are currently working on Hazard Mitigation Plans. They have been invited to participate in this planning process,” SCROG’s website says. They are looking for residents to participate in a brief survey about disaster planning and preparedness.

“The purpose of this plan is to identify and assess the region’s natural hazard risks (such as flooding, winter storms, tornadoes and wildfires) and determine how to best minimize or manage those risks,” the survey says.

“Upon completion, this plan will be presented to the local governing bodies of participating jurisdictions for adoption and then submitted to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for review and approval.” The plan should be in the state approval process by October, 2013. 

The survey asks questions about your personal experience with natural disasters and specifically asks you to rank, by importance, categories that are most susceptible to hazards in North Haven. Reflecting on Irene and more recently Sandy, what area do you think is most susceptible?

  • People (loss of life)
  • Economic (business interruption, loss of jobs)
  • Infrastructure (damage to roads bridges utilities, schools)
  • Governance (ability to maintain order and provide public service)
  • Culture/historic (damage to libraries, museums, or history property)
  • Environmental (damage, contamination or loss of forest, wetlands, waterways) 

SCRCOG Hazard Mitigation Public Opinion Survey

Kevin Guernier November 14, 2012 at 01:19 PM
the survey as described above lists six areas. It does NOT list damages to homes and personal property, nor does this seem to be covered under the areas that are listed. The "people" category refers only to loss of life, for example. It seems to me that damage to or destruction of people's homes and belongings is one of the most devastating effects of storms and other disasters, and should certainly be covered by any survey. Kevin Guernier Hamden

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