10/01/2014: CCRPA has released a public draft of its Disaster Resiliency Report. You can download the document here. Comments can be sent to .
4/30/2014: CCRPA and CCSU held a Disaster Resiliency Workshop at the Institute of Technology and Business Development on April 25th. It was very successful and helped get the word about resiliency planning. More information here.
4/15/2014: On April 25th, CCRPA and CCSU will hold a Disaster Resiliency Workshop at the Institute of Technology and Business Development in New Britain. More information, and instructions for registration, can be found here.
CCRPA is beginning the process of creating a region-wide hazard mitigation and disaster resiliency plans. The Agency secured just over $255,000 in funding from the US Department of Commerce and FEMA to execute planning initiatives that will better prepare the region for future weather events.
The disaster resiliency grant was awarded in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The impact of the storm exposed three major regional weaknesses that will be addressed. They are the resiliency of the road network, flooding of the Pequabuck and subsequent property damages, and power outages caused by flooding and wind.
CCRPA will assist impacted businesses identify deficiencies in infrastructure and response protocols, and develop coordinated procedures for disaster response and recovery. These steps will support private investment in the region by reinforcing confidence and reducing economic disruptions caused by natural disasters. Senior planner, Timothy Malone added “the ultimate result will be stronger local companies and a more attractive and secure Region for private sector investment.”
The resiliency plan also will include resources to help towns and public works officials address the perennial threat of winter storms.
The Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan covers the towns of Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth and Southington. As a prerequisite to receiving state or federal money for local hazard mitigation projects, towns must submit a detailed and specific description of all future projects to the Agency to be included in the Plan. The Plan is mandated by the state as a step to reducing inter-jurisdictional risks stemming from natural disasters.
These grants come on the heels of the CCRPA being designated as a federal Economic Development District (EDD). The EDD designation helps strengthen the ability of the region to bring large inter-municipal projects to fruition, create jobs and aid distressed communities throughout the region. This designation has put the agency in the unique position of handling economic development, transportation planning and land use planning all under one roof, a point that will be leveraged to maximize the positive outcomes of this mitigations and resiliency planning process.
There was a great deal of confusion regarding the availability of resources and the timing of recovery operations after Hurricane Irene. The confusion caused uncertainty and reduced confidence. These projects will provide a plan for a coordinated response for all future weather events including winter storms.
The importance of resiliency planning is exacerbated by the slow regional recovery from the 2008 recession. The region aims to avoid an economic hiccup caused by a natural event.
The disaster resiliency plan and the hazard mitigation plan will receive $170,714 and $84,502 respectively.