The North Kingstown Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved in August 2019. The plan recommends updated objectives and actions for the Town of North Kingstown to minimize the social and economic loss and disruption associated with natural hazard events. This plan will address the capability of North Kingstown to reduce the vulnerability of our community to these natural hazards and will provide comprehensive guidance for hazard mitigation in the town of North Kingstown. Hazard mitigation is an ongoing process that requires continued implementation, evaluation, and revision. This plan identifies goals, objectives and recommended actions for both short-term and long-term hazard mitigation with an intention to preserve and enhance the safety, quality of life, and natural resources of North Kingstown.
Having mitigation actions in place plays a vital role in helping safeguard personal and public safety. Actions can range from retrofitting structures to increasing coastal setbacks to simply raising public awareness. The most immediate benefit of natural hazard mitigation planning is the reduction and elimination of the negative impacts of of natural disasters in terms of lost life and property. With adequate preparation, the town can significantly reduce the economic and social disruptions cause by natural disasters and educe the costs of recovery for the town, local businesses and residents.
WHAT DOES THE HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN MEAN TO YOU?
The plan provides the following:
1. Summary of hazards affecting North Kingstown, both historical and current.
The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) has a web page dedicated to hazard mitigation as well. TheRIEMA Hazard Mitigation page has information and links to flood mitigation assistance, pre-disaster mitigation and hazard mitigation grant program. The state Hazard Mitigation Plan provides great hazard mitigation information for the state as a whole. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also has a page dedicated to hazard mitigation assistance.