Hazard Mitigation Plan


Hazard Mitigation plan 2020The City of Charleston recently received assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create a new City of Charleston specific Hazard Mitigation Plan. Hazard mitigation describes actions taken to help reduce or eliminate long-term risks caused by natural, man-made, and technical hazards or disasters such as:

  1. Hurricanes
  2. Earthquakes
  3. Flooding
  4. Wildfires 
  5. Terrorism
  6. Hazardous Materials
  7. Etc.

This project is currently in progress with an anticipated completion date of November 2023. It is funded through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  The City of Charleston has hired ESP Associates to write the plan in coordination with the Emergency Management Department.

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You can provide your feedback on how the City should approach hazard mitigation using the QR Code or click here.


Purpose of New Plan

The new plan will serve as the foundation of the City’s Hazard Mitigation Strategy by identifying specific actions that can be taken to help reduce or eliminate long-term risks posed by multiple hazards.   The plan incorporates information from the City’s 2020 Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, the Dutch Dialogues, staff input and analysis, external stakeholder feedback, and public commentary.

The plan will focus on the entire city and is intended to highlight various projects both big and small that can help to reduce our risk through proper mitigation planning. The City’s plan will align with the Charleston Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan provided by Charleston County while providing more specific information as to the City’s current situation, efforts, and anticipated projects.

View the Charleston Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2020 Update.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan is managed by the City of Charleston’s Emergency Management Division.