Boston, MA -- The towns of Plymouth and Holderness, New Hampshire have joined the disaster-resistant community efforts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Project Impact, a national effort to change the way America deals with disasters. This effort shifts the focus of emergency management from responding to disasters to taking actions in advance of disasters that reduce potential damage.
"I am pleased to welcome the Towns of Plymouth and Holderness, New Hampshire into the network of Project Impact communities and commend the leadership of the towns for their efforts in flood plain management and building code enforcement," said Setti D. Warren, FEMA Regional Director. "Plymouth and Holderness have suffered their fair share of damage from natural disasters, and the pro-active efforts of the towns to reduce damage serve as a great model for communities across New Hampshire--and across the country."
The Boards of Selectmen from both towns, various community organizations, Plymouth State College, the North East States Emergency Consortium and representatives from its private businesses, in partnership with the State of New Hampshire and FEMA, have pledged to take actions and adopt measures that will lead to the development of Plymouth and Holderness as a Project Impact disaster-resistant community. Together, these participants will work to set priorities and take action to ensure that the Towns of Plymouth and Holderness lessen the effects of natural disasters.
Project Impact initiative in the Towns of Plymouth and Holderness will focus on:
- Developing a comprehensive, all-hazard public educational outreach program for town residents and employees;
- Creating site specific measures to minimize flood damage and preserve natural functions of the floodplains; and
- Utilization of state of the art technical database software for emergency management and planning.
The Towns of Plymouth and Holderness are located on, is exposed to hazards from riverine flooding, high winds associated with hurricanes, nor'easters, snowstorms, ice jams and the potential of medium intensity earthquake threats.
Both towns have many of the ingredients already in place to become outstanding Project Impact communities. The towns demonstrated a commitment to reducing the risks and costs of natural and man-made disasters through their partnership with the Plymouth State College to develop a new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) facility on the campus. The EOC will also serve as a training facility for emergency preparedness.
The towns have a long history of being active in floodplain management and disaster damage-reduction activities. Projects include the development of rural drainage improvements, floodplain management plan, and a comprehensive watershed study to examine flooding effects on culvert crossings and small bridges.
Project Impact is a national initiative launched by FEMA in October 1997 to involve citizens, government officials and the business community in actions to make their communities more disaster-resistant. The...