Hazard Mitigation & Recovery Planning

Welcome to the webpage of the APA-NJ Hazard Mitigation and Recovery Planning (HMRP) Committee.  Through this page, we’ll keep you updated on mitigation and recovery planning and events in New Jersey.   The committee s a group of planners, related professions and representatives from key government and NGO organizations who have an interest and/or expertise in mitigation and recovery planning. We have identified two primary tracks for this year’s work agenda: 1) to provide planning services to communities and our professional membership; and, 2) to pursue a dialogue with state, local and federal officials on long-term, sustainable planning policies that reduce risk and loss of life and property.

Questions?  Contact HRMP Committee Co-Chairs, Jennifer Feltis Cortese or Bob Kull


HRMP Committee Meeting Minutes


Latest APA-NJ HMRP Committee News and Updates!

APA-NJ Signs Joint Letter to Secretary Donovan

posted on April 5th, 2013 in Committees, Hazard Mitigation & Recovery Planning, News

A broad cross-section of organizations and individuals expressed concern that the final disaster relief action plan for the $1.8 billion has taken an insufficient account of comments submitted to the DCA, and, as a result, the plan still requires significant improvement to ensure a sustainable and fair rebuilding that includes everybody impacted by Sandy.

5 Minute Survey: Post-Sandy Community Planning Assistance

posted on March 27th, 2013 in Hazard Mitigation & Recovery Planning, News

The APA-NJ Hazard Mitigation and Recovery Planning Committee seeks your help in identifiying the type and location of Sandy recovery community planning assistance in New Jersey. Through this inventory, we will be able to identify gaps and overlaps and target future assistance projects more strategically. The results will also be made available to other NGOs for their planning purposes.

Comments on CDBG Disaster Recovery Action Plan

posted on March 20th, 2013 in Committees, Hazard Mitigation & Recovery Planning, News, Position Statements

On March 19 2013, the APA-NJ Hazard Mitigation and Recovery Planning Committee submitted comments in response to the NJDCA CDBG-Disaster Recovery Action Plan to Commissioner Richard Constable.  Coordination between state, federal and local agencies and building capacity to properly and effectively administer the $1.8 billion in funding was highlighted as the top priority.  

CPAP: Call for Volunteers (Perth Amboy)

posted on February 27th, 2013 in Committees, Hazard Mitigation & Recovery Planning, News

The Community Planning Assistance Program (CPAP) is looking for volunteers to participate in a team of planners on the City of Perth Amboy’s Waterfront Redevelopment and Natural Hazard Mitigation Project.  This is a wonderful opportunity to assist a community in the early stages of planning their response to Hurricane Sandy.

How a “Gold Standard” Hazard Mitigation Plan Might Take Shape in New Jersey

posted on February 25th, 2013 in Committees, Hazard Mitigation & Recovery Planning, News, Position Statements

Through its Hazard Mitigation and Recovery Planning Committee, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association agreed that it would be useful to provide the State of New Jersey guidance aimed at informing its decision-making process on how to make mitigation and recovery planning more effective. The initial focus is on what the “Gold Standard” for Mitigation Planning in New Jersey would look like.

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