Hazard Mitigation Committee to Draft Final Report

Town officials working to update the Hazard Mitigation Plan ranked increasing and improving radio communications in Londonderry at the top of several future projects to be included in the plan.

With the projects ranked, the Hazard Mitigation Committee will begin to draft the final report, which will be submitted to Homeland Security. The Hazard Mitigation Plan is developed before disasters occur in an effort to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property.

Mitigation includes not only avoiding the development of vulnerable sections of the community, but also making existing development in hazard-prone areas safer. For example, a community could identify areas that are susceptible to damage from natural disasters and take steps to make these areas less vulnerable. It could also steer growth to less risky areas, according to a press release from the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC).

The SNHPC is assisting the Town with updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan is a requirement of the Federal Emergency Manaegement Agency (FEMA) for pre-disaster funding to mitigate hazardous events and must be updated every five year.
Other projects include updating the school’s emergency plan, mobile truck safety inspection issues and constructing fire lanes, such as an emergency access into the Musquash.

In discussing the construction of emergency roads, Fire Chief Darren O’Brien said creating an access road to a central location in the Musquash would not only make it easier for the Department to bring a wildfire under control, but also to treat someone having a medical emergency on one of the trails.

At its May 30 meeting, the committee discussed consulting with the School District on updating the school’s emergency plan and agreed to delete several projects from the list that have been completed, including developing a local sheltering plan, upgrading inadequate culverts, adopting new FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)/Airport Authority noise overlay zoning codes and prioritizing and upgrading Class VI roads; as well as developing a water resource and protection management plan, which GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Manager John Vogl said is a project Londonderry isn’t responsible for completing.

Moving forward, the Committee will hold another meeting to consider a draft of the Hazard Mitigation Plan before it is presented to the Town Council for adoption.

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