The Town of Knightdale participates in the Wake County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Natural hazards such as floods, hurricanes, and winter storms are part of the world around us and have impact beyond territorial jurisdiction. Having a multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan allows for a regional approach to mitigate the impacts of such disasters, while still focusing on individual communities. The Town of Knightdale participates in a Hazard Mitigation Plan in order to continue to be eligible to receive State and Federal assistance funding should a qualifying disaster strike our community. Local governments must have an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan that meets the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 in order to receive federal mitigation assistance.
A requirement of the program is that all local governments who receive funding must prepare and adopt a state-approved local mitigation plan.
In addition to meeting various State and Federal requirements, the plan has other purposes. They are as follows:
- Save lives and property
- Identify and reduce potential impacts of natural hazards
- Save money over time
- Facilitate state and federal funding following disasters
- Facilitate recovery following disasters
- Educate residents about natural hazards and their potential impacts
- Show that the Town is committed to improving the health and safety of its residents