The Town of Portsmouth is currently updating their local Hazard Mitigation Plan in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines. The purpose of this Plan is to recommend actions and policies for the Town meant to reduce the social and economic losses resulting from natural hazards. These losses include loss of life, destruction of property, damage to critical infrastructure and facilities, loss/interruption of jobs, loss/damage to businesses, and loss/damage to significant historical structures. Hazardous events that affect Portsmouth include tropical storms, Nor’easters, flooding, snow storms, and high winds. FEMA approval of this plan update will allow Portsmouth to continue to be eligible for certain types of future hazard mitigation and post-disaster grant funding.
Public feedback on the draft plan is important to this process. The draft plan can be found here, with paper copies available in the Town Clerk’s office, the Portsmouth Planning Department and the Portsmouth Free Public Library. The Portsmouth Police, Fire and Emergency Management Departments’ social media sites will have links to the draft plan. The draft plan will also be sent to neighboring community planning departments for comment.
All interested parties should review the draft plan and submit comments no later than August 27, 2018 to the Portsmouth Planning Department via: