2009 Marshall County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
This chapter of the Plan addresses the Prerequisites of 44 CFR Sections 201.6(a)(1) and (4) and (c)(5), as follows:
“Section 201.6(a) Plan requirements.
(1) A local government must have a mitigation plan approved pursuant to this section in order to receive HMGP project grants. ... A local government must have a mitigation plan approved pursuant to this section in order to apply for and receive mitigation project grants under all other mitigation grant programs.
(4) Multi-jurisdictional plans (e.g. watershed plans) may be accepted, as appropriate, as long as each jurisdiction has participated in the process and has officially adopted the plan… .
Section 201.6(c) Plan content. The plan shall include the following:
(5) Documentation that the plan has been formally adopted by the governing body of the jurisdiction requesting approval of the plan (e.g., City Council, County Commissioner, Tribal Council). For multi-jurisdictional plans, each jurisdiction requesting approval of the plan must document that it has been formally adopted.”Back To Top
FEMA approval of this plan is the initial step towards continuing eligibility for FEMA grant assistance to participating localities and school districts, under the following hazard mitigation assistance programs: the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM), the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA), the Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) Program, and the Severe Repetitive Loss Program (SRL). Once the plan is approved pending adoption, the governing bodies of the participating jurisdictions and school districts must formally adopt the plan and submit their adopting resolutions to FEMA through the Alabama EMA to receive official FEMA approval. This process must take place within twelve months of FEMA?s notification of conditional approval pending adoption. If the plan is not approved by FEMA and locally adopted by resolution of the governing body, the jurisdiction or school board will not be eligible to apply for and receive project grants under any of the FEMA hazard mitigation assistance programs. Hazard mitigation assistance programs have additional requirements for grant eligibility depending on the program?s funding source.Back To Top
The Marshall County EMA serves as the lead coordinating agency for mitigation planning. It has been working in conjunction with the Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC) and has remained in contact and coordinated mitigation activities with all Marshall County jurisdictions throughout the five year period since the initial 2004 plan was first approved. Marshall County, the cities of Albertville, Arab, Boaz, and Guntersville, and the towns of Grant, Douglas, and Union Grove all have continued to participate in the 2009 plan update of the existing plan. In addition to the participating jurisdictions, other stakeholders affected by the plan, including Federal, State, and regional agencies, business interests, academia, non-profits, and the general public contributed to the drafting of this Plan. (See Chapter 4 ? ?The Planning Process? for a more detailed explanation of the organization of the HMPC and the participation of stakeholders in the planning process.)
School districts are defined as local governments, according to Federal regulations at 44 CFR Section 201.2, and are therefore required to have a FEMA-approved a local mitigation plan to be eligible for project grants under FEMA hazard mitigation assistance programs. A school district may also demonstrate their participation as a separate government entity in another local government?s approved mitigation plan to be eligible for project grants under FEMA hazard mitigation assistance programs.
The planning process presented many opportunities for multi-jurisdictional participation. (See Appendix I ?Multi-Jurisdictional Participation Activities,? which shows the type of participation by Marshall County jurisdictions.) These multi-jurisdictional participation opportunities included the following activities:
Residents of each jurisdiction and other stakeholders were provided the following opportunities for participation in the planning process:
The governing bodies of each participating jurisdiction have adopted the 2009 Marshall County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan by resolution following public notice and hearing. Adoption followed notification from the Alabama EMA that the plan had received conditional approval from FEMA pending adoption. Adoption by all participating jurisdictions took place within one year of the notification of FEMA conditional approval, and afterwards, a certified copy of each adopting resolution was transmitted to FEMA through the Alabama EMA. Once the first resolution had been received by FEMA, the plan was formally approved on that date, which begins the next five year planning cycle. FEMA then issued a final approval notification. (The form of the adopting resolutions is in Appendix J ?Adopting Resolution?). Copies of the resolution are on file at the EMA and with each jurisdiction.
The school boards representing the Marshall County, City of Albertville, City of Arab, City of Boaz, and City of Guntersville School Districts have participated in the planning process as local governments and adopted the final FEMA-approved plan.Back To Top