On behalf of the entire BOLDplanning team, congratulations to the Liberty County Emergency Management Agency, GA, along with the cities of Allenhurst, Flemington, Gum Branch, Hinesville (the county seat), Midway, Riceboro, and Walthourville, on gaining FEMA approval of their recently updated Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP). 

HMPs, as expressed by FEMA, are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. Additionally, the National Institute of Building Sciences now estimates that every dollar invested in mitigation saves six dollars in prevented damages (up from four dollars in previous years). And, given the fact the U.S. saw a record number of billion-dollar disasters (22 in fact, totaling $96 million in damage) in 2020, that number may climb even higher. 

For the last few months, Tennessee-based BOLDplanning, Liberty County, and its participating jurisdictions have worked together to identify natural hazards, add/update mitigation projects, and communicate with plan stakeholders. The result, FEMA approval of the HMP, confirms compliance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390) and ensures the County’s eligibility for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants