Lehigh Valley Planning Commission



Tragedies in the past year in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and northern California have reminded us that disaster can strike at any time, sometimes with little or no warning. The Lehigh Valley is vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards such as flooding, tornadoes and sinkholes, and a growing number of man-made hazards that include hazardous materials, traffic accidents and building collapse. Hazard Mitigation planning can lessen the impact of such events by using a proactive approach of assessing the risk and then identifying actions to create safe, more disaster-resilient communities.


The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, partnering with Lehigh and Northampton counties, has begun the yearlong process to update the region’s hazard mitigation plan, last updated in 2013. A community must have a Federal Emergency Management Agency-approved mitigation plan in place to be eligible for federal funding for hazard mitigation activities. To maintain funding eligibility, the hazard mitigation plan must be updated every five years.  Drafting a new plan will require the cooperation of the LVPC, both counties and all 62 municipalities, as well as the input from stakeholders and residents.


Lehigh Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan Document currently being revised based on public comment



   - Municipal Worksheets

   - Lehigh Valley Business Column - Planning for disaster now is vital for businesses, everyone (lvb.com, April 23, 2018)

   - LVPC Newsletter - LVPC Preparing the Lehigh Valley for Disasters (September 2017)

   - Lehigh Valley Business Article - Can Catastrophic Flooding Occur Here? (lvb.com, October 16, 2017)

   - National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) Coordinator's Manual




Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

961 Marcon Boulevard - Suite 310

Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-4544

Toll Free: (888) 627-8808

Fax: (610) 264-2616