Our Approach and Philosophy

Our intent in forming this team was to assemble the strongest possible group of professionals to address the mitigation planning needs of New Jersey jurisdictions that are re-engaging with FEMA mitigation planning and grant processes following Hurricane Sandy. These jurisdictions have a unique opportunity to help themselves in identifying and implementing mitigation activities in a countywide effort while addressing needs specific to the municipality. Mitigation planning offers a well-established process for accomplishing this. When mitigation planning is done correctly, the process and resulting documents clearly identify risks, assess options for reducing these risks, and prepare communities for seeking grant funding to pay for mitigation projects.

Our approach is practical – we work with jurisdictions to screen and prioritize risks from natural hazards, then identify ways in which the risks can be mitigated - all in the context of hazard mitigation planning as required by FEMA. Aside from ensuring that communities continue to have FEMA-approved mitigation plans, the purpose of these activities is to prepare jurisdictions to submit approvable and fundable mitigation project grant applications. While our team members have a collective 100% success rate in getting mitigation plans approved by states and FEMA, we do not believe that simply meeting FEMA requirements is sufficient, or that this necessarily benefits the jurisdictions. Our goal is practical: to have our clients better understand risks and to position them to seek and receive funding for projects.

 

Princeton Hydro provided professional planning and engineering services for post-Sandy disaster resiliency planning. Hoboken was the first New Jersey municipality to begin a comprehensive evaluation and adaptation of its policies, including updates to zoning, stormwater, and flood damage prevention ordinances.

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