Green River Area Development District
Serving Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union & Webster Counties in Western Kentucky
Think Progress. Think Tomorrow. Think GRADD.
300 GRADD Way, Owensboro, KY 42301     Phone: 270.926.4433     TDD: 800.648.6056

Hazard Mitigation

With the escalation of natural hazard events throughout the region, hazard mitigation has become a prominent topic for communities. Since 2003, the Green River Area Development District has assisted the region with the development and subsequent updates of the multi-hazard, multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan.

All GRADD cities and counties have adopted the current Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved mitigation plan which was last updated in 2016. 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.


     >> FULL PLAN              >> Daviess County        >> Hancock County        >> Henderson County
     >> McLean County       >> Ohio County             >> Union County             >> Webster County


The GRADD Hazard Mitigation Council membership consists of the judge/executive of each GRADD county (or his/her designated representative) and the mayor of each GRADD city (or his/her designated representative).  The council directs and oversees the hazard mitigation planning process in the region and will meet regularly during the five-year update of the GRADD Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Public and private stakeholders throughout the region are welcome and encouraged to participate in all council meetings and events.
>> Council Bylaws
>> Member Designation Form
>> Volunteer Service Form

Past Meeting Minutes:
>> October 23, 2014
>> January 7, 2015


Starting in January 2011, the GRADD Hazard Mitigation Council will focus on the maintenance and evaluation of the GRADD Hazard Mitigation Plan.  County EM Directors will submit quarterly reports documenting information on hazard events, disaster declarations, and mitigation projects.
>> Quarterly Report form

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs are designed to provide funding to protect life and property from future natural disasters.
>> View funding programs

An important component of hazard mitigation planning involves the dissemination of information to raise awareness and educate the citizenry.

The FEMA website offers a library of materials designed to facilitate a community's preparation for hazard events.

The Are You Ready? guide is an invaluable tool for individuals, families, and communities, offering specific information on what to do before, during, and after hazard events.

For specific hazard types, the National Weather Service site provides several brochures and facts sheets designed for education and awareness efforts.

Learn about KY Division of Emergency Management's Community Hazard Assessment & Mitigation Planning System (CHAMPS).

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a voluntary program implemented by Congress in 1968 to reduce future flood damages through community floodplain management ordinances and provide protection for property owners against potential losses through an insurance mechanism that requires a premium to be paid for the protection.
>> National Flood Insurance Program

The Community Rating System (CRS) was implemented in 1990 as a voluntary program for recognizing and encouraging community floodplain management activities exceeding the minimum NFIP standards.
>> Community Rating System
>> Does my community participate?

Since 2000, nine (9) presidential disaster declarations have affected the GRADD region.
>> FEMA Presidential Disaster Declaration Map
>> Disaster Declaration Listing for the GRADD Region


Do you have questions regarding the plan update process?  Do you have suggestions on how to raise hazard mitigation awareness throughout the region?  Do not hesitate to contact Carl Sims.