LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- The Village of Larchmont has prepared a local hazard- mitigation plan to provide a better understanding of where and how its residents and properties can be protected.
The 154-page plan will be used to reduce risks from potential hazards, as well as inform and guide village decision makers with regard to mitigation actions and resources in the future. The plan meets federal and state requirements. The plan covers the required actions in case of coastal storms, drought, earthquake, extreme heat, flood, hurricane, winter storm or tornado.
Its goals include the following:
- Engaging and educating the public regarding preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural disasters.
- Working closely with officials, stakeholders and residents of neighboring communities to collaborate on education, response and recovery whenever possible.
- Considering requiring the use of building materials that would naturally keep buildings cooler during summer months and also reduce electrical demand.
- Refining coastal zone and flood-plain regulations to further limit development and redevelopment while also encouraging natural habitat restoration.
- Continuing to review and evaluate existing local standards and codes to ensure they encourage or require consider climate challenges and sea level rise and enhance them as new information on hazards and risks becomes available.
- Evaluating and implementing mitigation actions that focus on enhancing and preserving the natural environment to reduce impacts created by coastal erosion and coastal storms.
- Developing both short- and long-term action items for responding to current flooding challenges while incorporating mitigation activities that will increase the village’s ability to withstand future events.
- Encouraging property owners to take preventative actions, especially in repetitive loss areas vulnerable to flooding.
- Educating residents and businesses about insurance coverage for natural hazards.
- Identifying the need for and acquiring any special emergency services, training and equipment.
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