2011 Hazard Mitigation Action Plan


The Texas Colorado River Floodplain Coalition (TCRFC or Coalition) is sponsoring the development of a multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Action Plan (HMAP) Update that will address all natural and man-caused hazards that could potentially affect communities that previously were not included in the 2004 Hazard Mitigation Plan, “Creating a Disaster Resistant Lower Colorado River Basin.” Further, the TCRFC is conducted an update of the 2004 Hazard Mitigation Plan to revise mitigation actions and risk assessments for communities in the TCRFC who wish to participate. The 2011 update was an opportunity to evaluate successful mitigation actions and to explore other means of avoiding future disaster loss.

The goal of the plan is to minimize or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from known hazards by identifying and implementing cost-effective mitigation actions. Mitigation is defined by FEMA as sustained actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects. The purpose of the Coalitions’ mitigation plan is twofold: to protect people and structures, and to minimize the costs of disaster response and recovery.

The updated Hazard Mitigation Plan resulted in the incorporation of newly added jurisdictions to the TCRFC. The plan  integrated the existing Hazard Mitigation Plan for the Lower Colorado River Basin, utilizing a basin-wide approach. The plan was prepared as an update to the existing 2004 Hazard Mitigation Plan and reflected conditions that have changed since 2004. The updated plan complies with all requirements promulgated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and all applicable provisions of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 104 of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) (P.L. 106-390), and the Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004 (P.L. 108–264), which amended the National Flood Insurance Act (NFIA) of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4001, et al). It also complies with FEMA’s February 26, 2002 Interim Final Rule (“the Rule”) at 44 CFR Part 201 which specifies the criteria for approval of mitigation plans required in Section 322 of the DMA 2000. The updated plan was also developed in accordance with FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) Floodplain Management Plan standards and policies.

A FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan is required for eligibility for grant funds through FEMA’s pre-disaster grant programs such as: Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC), and the Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) program; and for post-disaster grant programs such as: Public Assistance (PA) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding. Funds from these federal grant programs may be awarded to local governments and non-profit organizations to implement mitigation projects identified as part of a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan.

If any jurisdiction has changes or additions to the 2011 Plan, or has questions regarding the status, please review the sections below or contact Erin Capps of H2O Partners by phone at 512-769-5483 or toll free at 888-328-4151, or send a message in writing to ecapps@h2opartnersusa.com

2011 TCRFC Hazard Mitigation Action Plan

Table of Contents
Section 1 – Introduction
Section 2 – Planning Process
Section 3 – Regional Profile
Section 4 – People/Property at Risk
Section 5 – Overview of Hazards
Section 6a6b, 6c, 6d, & 6e – Flood
Section 7 – Hurricane/Tropical Storm
Section 8 – Thunderstorms
Section 9 – Tornado
Section 10a & 10b – Hail
Section 11 – Winter Storm
Section 12 – Drought
Section 13 – Extreme Heat
Section 14 – Wildfire
Section 15 – Dam Failure
Section 16 – Hazardous Materials
Section 17 – Pipeline Failure
Section 18 – Terrorism
Section 19 – Capability Assessment
Section 20 – Mitigation Strategy
Section 21 – Regional Actions
Section 22 – Mitigation Actions – Region I
Section 23 – Mitigation Actions – Region II
Section 24 – Mitigation Actions – Region III
Section 25 – Mitigation Actions – Region IV
Section 26 – Repetitive Loss Properties and NFIP Compliance
Appendix A – Resolutions
Appendix B – Team Members
Appendix C – Public Survey Results
Appendix D – Funding Guide
Appendix Ea, Eb, Ec, & Ed – Meeting Documentation
Appendix F – Critical Facilities
Appendix G – Toxic Sites
Appendix H – Flood Mitigation Plans – Matagorda and Wharton County