Crater Regional Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning

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Natural disasters occur in hundreds of communities in the United States every year and the impacts can be devastating. Natural hazards cause millions of dollars of damage and threaten the lives and safety of thousands. Unfortunately, because these hazards can not be prevented, it is only a matter of time until a community is struck by disaster.

Communities, however, can take steps to prepare for such events before they occur, and take actions that could reduce the impacts of disaster. The process of taking action, prior to an event, to reduce or eliminate the risk of damage or loss of life due to natural disasters is called mitigation, the benefits of which have been demonstrated in countless ways across the country.


A comprehensive way to identify what actions may be most effective in a community is to develop a community-wide mitigation plan. Using a grant received from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Crater Planning District Commission has lead an effort to develop such a plan.

The commission has worked with the six counties, four cities, and eight incorporated towns in the Crater Region to develop the plan. Also represented on the planning team were utilities, non-profit groups, and state agencies such as the Department of Transportation and Department of Forestry.


The Crater Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is comprehensive in nature and focuses on natural hazards such as hurricanes, flooding, and winter storms. The mitigation plan is designed to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Identify hazards that affect the Crater Region
  • Assess the region's vulnerability and risk associated with the identified hazards
  • Recommend a course of action to eliminate, reduce or manage the effects of the hazards on residents and the community

The course of action includes proactive measures to prevent loss of life and property before it occurs. Strategies have also been identified to bring things back to normal as quickly as possible if, or when, a disaster strikes the Crater Region.


The plan is the citizens' and communities' plan. It allows the various local governments to serve you better and more efficiently. We welcome all comments and suggestions as to specific hazards that affect you and how best we can eliminate, reduce or manage these effects to improve your quality of life.

If you would like to be a part of this effort, provide any information, or would like additional information about the Hazard Mitigation Plan, please contact Jay Ruffa, Director of Planning for the Crater Planning District Commission.

You can learn more about Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning at FEMA's Hazards Mitigation Planning web page.