Congratulations to the Central Virginia Planning District Commission on getting their Hazard Mitigation Plan approved by the State and FEMA ( Sobis worked with Virginia Tech to complete the Plan which includes a detailed risk assessment and public mapping component. The Hazard Mitigation Plan covers Lynchburg City, Amherst County, Appomattox County, Bedford County, and Campbell County and allows these jurisdictions to apply for FEMA grant funds.

Additionally, Sobis is supporting Vision Planning and Consulting ( with the risk assessment for the Cecil County, Maryland Hazard Mitigation Plan. Our support includes completing a detailed Hazus assessment using building footprints and parcel data. Sobis is also supporting Jamie Caplan Consulting ( with the risk assessment for the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians’ Hazard Mitigation Plan. Our support includes completing a detailed earthquake and flood Hazus assessment and modeling the floodplains outside the FEMA flood study.

Why Hazard Mitigation Planning is Important

The Hazard Mitigation Plan helps reduce the loss of life and property by reducing the impact of natural disasters. These plans include a risk assessment which helps determine potential impacts and likelihoods of hazard events a community may experience. It also includes a list of mitigation actions a community undertakes to reduce those risks.

How Sobis Can Assist with Hazard Mitigation Planning

“Completing a site-level risk assessment can often be time-consuming and tedious for these risk assessments,” said Bill Bohn, the Project Manager. “With our tools and procedures, we can greatly reduce the time it takes to complete the assessment. By assessing each property separately, we can identify more detailed mitigation actions for the community.”