Welcome to the Barren River Area Development District Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan website. We invite you to browse our website to see what the region is doing to reduce economic loss and enhance public safety from natural and man-made hazards.

With the escalation of natural hazard events throughout the region, hazard mitigation has become a prominent topic for communities. Starting in 2005, the Barren River Area Development District assisted the region with the development of a multi-hazard, multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan. All BRADD cities and counties adopted the BRADD Hazard Mitigation Plan, which received formal Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval in September 2006. The adoption of a FEMA-approved plan is a critical component in establishing a community's eligibility for funding through FEMA's hazard mitigation grant programs.
The purpose of the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is to identify the scope and impact of various natural hazards that could potentially affect communities within our ten- region. The plan also formulates a mitigation strategy designed to reduce the negative impact of natural hazards on our communities and plan maintenance procedures designed to ensure the plan remains a relevant and functional mitigation plan.

According to 44 CFR 201, FEMA requires a five-year update of all local and multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plans. The BRADD Hazard Mitigation Plan is scheduled to expire in September of 2011, and plan expiration prior to the completion of a full update could jeopardize BRADD communities' eligibility for FEMA hazard mitigation grant program funding. To avoid this and to start the plan update process, BRADD secured a Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant to fund the preparation of the five-year plan update.