George Washington Regional Commission Begins Regional Risk Mitigation Plan Update

The George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC; Virginia Planning District 16), in partnership with the City of Fredericksburg, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties, and the cities of Bowling Green and Port Royal, as well as the Tribe Rappahannock, updates the Regional Risk Mitigation Plan (http://www.gwregion.org/hmp). The purpose of the plan is to identify hazards, ranging from wildfires to floods to ice storms, that threaten the region and its communities, and to determine and prioritize strategies to mitigate the impacts of future hazards on people and property. The regional risk mitigation plan is an important tool for localities in the region in reducing the risks and impacts of hazards on communities.

“The Regional Risk Mitigation Plan is an important part of long-term planning for future resilience and citizen safety in each of the GWRC localities. We look forward to working with local staff, residents and other stakeholders to make this plan relevant and useful to the people it will serve.

– Chip Boyles, GWRC Executive Director

Risk mitigation plans must, under federal regulations, be updated every five (5) years in order to remain eligible for certain Federal Agency for Disaster Relief grants, programs, and funds. emergency management (FEMA). The GWRC Regional Risk Mitigation Plan was last updated in 2017, and the 2022 update is expected to be completed this fall with approval from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the FEMA.

Public input is essential to updating the plan, and GWRC staff, local project management team representatives and the project consultant, The Berkley Group, will be coordinating a number of activities to educate and solicit feedback, including a survey and forum. Individual member localities will help with public outreach and physical and digital materials are expected to be received over the next few months. Those wishing to stay informed of developments should connect with participating localities on social media or visit the GWRC Risk Mitigation Planning website at http://www.gwregion.org/hmp.