2014 New Jersey State Hazard Mitigation Plan
The State of New Jersey 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP or Plan) was a collective effort of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management – Recovery Bureau (NJOEM), the Mitigation Core Team (MCT), the State Hazard Mitigation Team (SHMT), and newly formed Cross-Agency Leadership Team, supported by numerous state agencies/departments and academia throughout the State. Further, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region II provided technical support for this Plan update.
This update process expanded the involvement of State agencies and academia with an interest in mitigation within the State (Appendix F). The data and information, guidance and input of these participants was invaluable and has made this Plan a much stronger mechanism to promote mitigation statewide at all levels of government.
For this 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) update, the MCT and SHMT met on numerous occasions to discuss the State’s goals and objectives. Overall, it was determined that all of the 2011 mitigation goals continue to align with the State’s priority to reduce potential future losses from hazards. Further, due to recent interest that information be added to the Plan regarding the energy and retail fuel resiliency for the State of New Jersey, which will be funded and implemented through the Energy Allocation Initiative and the Sandy HMGP 5% initiative, an additional goal was added. Thus, the enhanced mitigation goals for the 2014 Plan update are as follows:
- Goal 1: Protect life
- Goal 2: Protect property
- Goal 3: Increase public preparedness and awareness
- Goal 4: Develop and maintain an understanding of risks from hazards
- Goal 5: Enhance State and local mitigation capabilities to reduce hazard vulnerabilities
- Goal 6: Support continuity of operations pre-, during, and post- hazard events (new to 2014)