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Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan


The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WCCOG) has prepared a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) for the municipalities of Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.  The plan, which is the product of extensive technical analysis, is designed to provide residents, businesses, and emergency responders with information on storms and other extreme weather events, vulnerable locations, and methods to mitigate damage and limit disruption. An approved HMP is a prerequisite for municipalities to be eligible for many types of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding. The current plan was approved by FEMA on June 9, 2011 and was also adopted locally by the region and its eight aforementioned municipalities.

The plan took into consideration the following natural disasters: floods, coastal storms and nor'easters, hurricanes, blizzards/severe winter storms/ice storms, drought, sea level rise, earthquakes, and dam failure. Each of these risks was evaluated for probability of occurrence and associated impacts to life and property.  A key part of the plan is creation of mitigation goals, objectives and strategies, which serve to minimize the negative consequences of natural disasters before they occur.


*NEW: 2016 Draft HMP is now available for public review*

WCCOG has released its Draft 2016-2021 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update and has initiated the 30-day public comment period, effective February 6, 2015 to March 6, 2015.

Draft Plan (3 sections):

HMP-SWR-2016-Executive Summary_2.pdf - 2/6/2015Executive Summary  (8.14 MB) 

HMP-SWR-2016-Plan_2.pdf - 2/6/2015Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (46.90 MB)
HMP-SWR-2016-Appendix.pdf - 2/6/2015Appendices (58.50 MB)

Public Information Sessions

For sub-regional Public Information (PI) sessions have been scheduled and are detailed in the bullets below:

  • February 10, 2015: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Wilton Town Hall Annex, Meeting Room A
    Snow Date: February 11, 2015: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • February 12, 2015: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Darien Town Hall, Room 206
    Snow Date: February 18, 2015: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Westport Town Hall, Auditorium
  • February 19, 2015: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm; WCCOG (Stamford Government Center, 3rd Floor)
    Snow Date: February 24, 2015: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • February 19, 2015: 7:30pm to 9:00 pm; Greenwich Town Hall, Town Hall Meeting Room
    Snow Date: February 23, 2015: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

MediaRelease Draft 2016HMP.pdf - 2/6/2015Media Release: Draft 2016-2021 HMP (118.29 KB)

Comments may be submitted in writing or electronically until 5:00 pm, March 6, 2015. All comments should be sent to the contact provided at the bottom of this webpage.

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14-0519_2016PDM_Scope of Work_SWRPA.pdf - 6/30/2014Scope of Work (229.10 KB)

Revised2016_PDM Schedule.pdf - 6/30/2014Project Schedule (25.49 KB)

 Advisory Committee Meeting Summaries

14-0612_Final Meeting Summary.pdf - 6/30/2014June 12, 2014 (131.91 KB)

14-0922_Meeting Summary.pdf - 11/3/201414-0922_Meeting Summary.pdf - 11/3/2014 (168.75 KB)

2011 Plan (Current Plan)

710Predisaster Mitigation Plan 2011 (2 Mb) adopted 5/26/2011

710Appendices (5.2 Mb)

710 2011 Update Meeting Summaries (1 Mb)

710FEMA Approval - June 6, 2011 (2 Mb) 

710 PDM Brochure (0.8 Mb) - added 7/15/2011


2005 Plan

Other Plans

State of Connecticut Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Update - Adopted January, 2014

Project Team:


Federal Emergency Management Agency

State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS)

Town of Darien

Town of Greenwich

Town of New Canaan

City of Norwalk

City of Stamford

Town of Weston

Town of Westport

Town of Wilton

Contact Us:

If you have comments or would like additional information, please contact:

Robert Sachnin
Senior Regional Planner
888 Washington Boulevard
Stamford, CT 06901

Phone: 203-316-5190
Fax: 203-316-4995

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