Lehigh Valley Planning Commission


Hazard Mitigation





Natural Resources

Hazard Mitigation



Water Resources

The Lehigh Valley is vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards (e.g. flooding, tornadoes, sinkholes) and man-made hazards (e.g. hazardous materials releases, transportation accidents) which may threaten life and property. Hazard mitigation planning is a proactive approach of assessing risks and identifying actions to reduce or eliminate the risks from these hazards, allowing communities to recover more quickly from disasters. A community must have an adopted, FEMA approved hazard 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.


Lehigh Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan Update- April 2013

This plan is an update to the 2006 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The focus of this update is to reexamine the region’s risks from natural hazards, identify the risks from man-made hazards and to identify actions to reduce or eliminate these risks.


Lehigh Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Website


Hazard Mitigation Plan Lehigh Valley, PA - Annual Report 2008

The Hazard Mitigation Plan Lehigh Valley, PA provides for continuous monitoring, evaluating, and updating on annual and five year cycles to ensure the plan remains an active and relevant document. This report serves as the first annual report since FEMA approval of the plan in 2007. The purpose of the annual report is to monitor the progress of the actions and projects listed in the plan, to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan, and to update data, mapping and analyses if new information is available.


2008 Annual Report PDF


Hazard Mitigation Plan Lehigh Valley, PA - July 2006

Natural disasters can strike anywhere, anytime. A disaster can come in many forms including floods, earthquakes, winter storms and tornadoes, among others. The result of these disasters has been the loss of homes, property, communities, jobs, and in some cases, lives. According to the National Weather Service, the average annual number of fatalities in the United States due to severe weather between 1994 and 2003 was 514. Severe weather includes floods, tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes, heat, cold and winter storms. The average annual severe weather damage costs over the same time period were approximately $12 billion. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that 90% of all natural disasters in the United States involve flooding and about 100 people on average are killed each year by flooding. The focus of this report is on reducing damage from a natural disaster in the Lehigh Valley.


Executive Summary

Hazard Mitigation Plan (this file may take a few minutes to open due to its size)





Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

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Allentown, PA 18109

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