Emergency Preparedness

Hazard Mitigation

Hazard mitigation is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards. The Panhandle Regional Planning Commission provides support to local jurisdictions in the development of local Hazard Mitigation Plans. These plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a mechanism for local risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes funding available to carry out certain strategies outlined in the hazard mitigation plans. However, as a condition of eligibility for that funding, local governments are required have to a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan and those plans must be updated every 5 years.

The PRPC is currently working with the region’s Counties/Cities; assisting them in updating their plans which were originally approved in 2006-2007. The final updated plan approval process is carried out in four distinct steps. Those are:

  1. Once drafted to the jurisdiction’s satisfaction, the plan is sent to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) for preliminary review. Any comments made by TDEM are then incorporated into the next draft by the jurisdiction.

  2. The draft plan is then returned to TDEM to undergo review by FEMA. Any comments made by FEMA are then incorporated into the final draft by the jurisdiction.

  3. The final draft is returned to FEMA; upon approval by FEMA, the plan is then conditionally approved pending final adoption by the jurisdiction.

  4. The jurisdiction takes action to formally adopt the plan. Upon submission of proof of adoption to FEMA, the plan is then finally approved.

The following plans are currently at some stage in the approval process:

At TDEM for REVIEW At FEMA for REVIEW Pending Local Adoption Finally Approved
Hutchinson County Hall County
Oldham County
Moore County
Carson County
City of Canyon

These plans can be reviewed at: PARIS Portal Link.

More information: Mitigation Planning  |   Grant Programs

Contact Information

John Kiehl

Regional Services Director
Email: jkiehl@theprpc.org
Phone: (806)372-3381
Fax: (806)373-3268

Lori Gunn

Regional Services Program Coordinator
Email: lgunn@theprpc.org
Phone: (806)372-3381
Fax: (806)373-3268

Criminal Justice Planning Fund (Fund 421) Source: A biennial appropriation by the Texas Legislature from funds collected through court costs and fees. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, §102.056 and §102.075. Section 772.006 of the Texas Government Code designates CJD as the Fund's administering agency.
FY Appropriation: Set annually
Purpose: Support a wide range of projects designed to reduce crime and improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
Eligibility: State agencies, units of local government, independent school districts, nonprofit corporations, Native American tribes, COGs, universities, colleges, hospital districts, juvenile boards, regional education service centers, community supervision and corrections departments, crime control and prevention districts, and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for grants under this fund.  Faith-based organizations must be certified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt nonprofit entities.  Grantees may not use grant funds or program income for proselytizing or sectarian worship.
Award Criteria: Meet the criteria codified in the TAC, Title 1, Part 1, Chapter 3, Subchapter C, Division 1
Frequency of Award: Annual


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