Hazard Mitigation & Disaster Response

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Cars in a FloodThe Town of Chapel Hill’s Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies potential local hazards and actions necessary to reduce property damage and personal injury in the cases of natural or man-made disasters such as floods, tornadoes, and ice storms. The plan is a requirement for town eligibility to receive state and federal funds for mitigation projects and post-disaster clean up and relief. This plan requirement places importance on the evaluation of potential risks and implementation of measures to prevent or minimize impacts from potentially disastrous events.

Orange County Emergency Services (OCES) works countywide and with the Town in local emergencies. OCES urges residents and employees in Orange County to register for OC Alerts, an emergency notification service.  A disaster period can vary from one-hour to days or even weeks. Everyone should be prepared to survive on their own for at least one week following an event. Emergency Services is responsible for planning countywide multi-agency response in the four phases of a disaster - mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.  Check  www.ready.gov for a host of information about disaster mitigation and response as well as preparedness measures that you and your family can take BEFORE disaster strikes!

The Town provides flood mitigation services to its citizens through technical assistance, the Drainage Assistance Program, and by applying for grants for property acquisition and flood-proofing. For questions about flooding and drainage problems, see the Drainage Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), or contact us through  Stormwater Management's email at stormwater@townofchapelhill.org.  


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