The City of Keller recently adopted the Tarrant County Hazard Mitigation Action Plan as the City of Keller’s Multi-Hazard Action Plan at its July 21, 2015 meeting.
The purpose of developing the Tarrant County Hazard Mitigation Action Plan has three major objectives: (1) to identify the risks and vulnerabilities to the community from natural, man-made, and technological disasters; (2) formulate a plan of action to reduce potential damage and loss of life due to these disasters; and (3) allow opportunities for grant funds for existing or future mitigation action items specified within the plan.
Hazard Mitigation is the action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards like flooding, lightning and tornados, among others. The U.S. Government passed the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in 1988 (amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000) which requires jurisdictions to adopt FEMA-approved mitigation action plans in order for local governments to participate in certain federal grant programs for disaster planning and relief.
The Community Development Department is responsible for the development and maintenance of Annex P, Hazard Mitigation in accordance with the City of Keller’s Emergency Management Plan. The Tarrant County Hazard Mitigation Action Plan was developed through a partnership between the City of Keller, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Tarrant County Office of Emergency Management, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and 23 other surrounding jurisdictions.
Only portions of the Tarrant County Hazard Mitigation Action Plan (PDF) pertaining to the City of Keller are available for download from this 550-page document. The complete plan is available for viewing at the Community Development Department in Keller Town Hall.
David Hawkins, Planning Manager