First approved in 2011, Bloomfield Township trustees approved the final draft of an updated Hazard Mitigation Plan for Bloomfield Township at their meeting on Monday, July 10.
Engineering and environmental services director Olivia Olsztyn-Budry presented the township's plan, which she said is an updated version of the 2011 Bloomfield Township FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan. The 2011 plan was prepared using the guidelines outlined in the FEMA Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance. Surveys had been distributed among staff who deal with planning and hazard response, and a meeting held, to determine major hazards that could impact the township.
"Information from the Oakland County Hazard Mitigation Plan, which the township was involved in the preparation of, members of township staff, members of the public, and other interested parties, was used for preparation of this plan. Bloomfield Township was active in the preparation of the Oakland County Hazard Mitigation Plan and much of the information related to Oakland County as a whole also pertains to Bloomfield Township. However, Bloomfield Township has specific concerns related to flooding which are incorporated into this plan," Hubbell Roth & Clark wrote in the plan.
"The goal of hazard mitigation is to reduce loss of life and property from hazards that occur in the township by protecting the health, safety and economic interests of its residents. In order to secure access to funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a hazard mitigation plan must be adopted by the community and approved by FEMA. Also, this plan will help to develop a method to incorporate hazard identification and mitigation into the planning process of the township."
Olsztyn-Budry said the township had received grant funding in 2010 for the original plan, and it has to be updated every five years. They received additional grant funding in 2016 from Michigan State Police to update it, with Michigan State Police approving the new plan in May, and FEMA approving it on June 15.
"The FEMA project plan is the starting point," she said.
She said the entire plan will be posted on the township website for 30 days, and after that, trustees will look at it during their August 14 meeting, when she hopes they will adopt it.
The plan evaluates 29 different hazards, including flooding, fire hazards, hazmat incidents, infrastructure failures, petroleum and gas pipeline accidents, severe weather incidents, transportation accidents, among other hazards, and looks to how the community can provide focus for its mitigation activities and resources....continued on page 2