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2 <br /> jurisdictional plans while using fewer resources. No local control is lost by any participating <br /> entity in the regional plan, and each participant retains the right to apply for State or Federal <br /> funding. Furthermore, as an additional benefit, any combination of participants can choose to <br /> share the cost of any required local match when applying for project funding. <br /> In accordance with State and Federal regulations, the Eno-Haw Regional Hazard Mitigation <br /> Planning Team, which consists of representatives from Orange County Planning and <br /> Inspections, Orange County Emergency Services, and the other participating jurisdictions, <br /> began meeting in mid-2019 to work with Wood, a contractor provided by the State, to create the <br /> new Eno-Haw Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Collectively, the team evaluated past hazards <br /> and incidents, the geographical profile, the population profile, recently updated Flood Insurance <br /> Rate Maps (FIRMs), assessments from the Triangle Regional Resiliency Study, and other data <br /> to compile a profile for the region. Additionally, mitigation goals, strategies, and actions were <br /> developed for the region. <br /> A draft of the Eno-Haw Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan was submitted to the State Hazard <br /> Mitigation Officer for review in June 2020. The State returned comments on July 10, 2020, and <br /> the local planning team returned the plan with requested revisions. The plan was returned with <br /> the suggested revisions on July 13, 2020 for approval and NC Emergency Management <br /> returned an official approval letter on July 17, 2020. The Federal Emergency Management <br /> Agency (FEMA) is currently reviewing the plan and is expected to issue an approval within the <br /> next 30 days. Local government approval of the plan is occurring ahead of the expected FEMA <br /> approval in order to ensure necessary deadlines are met. If FEMA's review results in any <br /> significant revisions, the plan will be brought back to the BOCC for re-adoption at a later date. <br /> FINANCIAL IMPACT: There are no direct negative financial impacts associated with the <br /> adoption of the Eno-Haw Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The State has provided funding for <br /> contracting services associated with compiling the plan. State and Federal law require a <br /> jurisdiction to have an adopted and approved hazard mitigation plan in place to be eligible for <br /> hazard mitigation assistance funds. Work at the local level was accomplished using existing <br /> County and local staff. <br /> A fundamental premise of mitigation strategy is that current dollars invested in mitigation <br /> activities will significantly reduce the demand for future dollars by reducing the amount needed <br /> for emergency recovery, repair, and reconstruction following a disaster. <br /> SOCIAL JUSTICE IMPACT: The following Orange County Social Justice Goals are applicable <br /> to this item: <br /> • GOAL: ENSURE ECONOMIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY <br /> The creation and preservation of infrastructure, policies, programs and funding necessary <br /> for residents to provide shelter, food, clothing and medical care for themselves and their <br /> dependents. <br /> • GOAL: CREATE A SAFE COMMUNITY <br /> The reduction of risks from vehicle/traffic accidents, childhood and senior injuries, gang <br /> activity, substance abuse and domestic violence. <br /> While natural hazards cannot be prevented, the community can use various means to reduce <br /> the vulnerability of people and damage to property. The community can reduce exposure to <br /> future natural hazards by managing the location and characteristics of both the existing and <br />