Hazard mitigation is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards. The Panhandle Regional Planning Commission provides support to local jurisdictions in the development of local Hazard Mitigation Plans. These plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a mechanism for local risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes funding available to carry out certain strategies outlined in the hazard mitigation plans. However, as a condition of eligibility for that funding, local governments are required have to a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan and those plans must be updated every 5 years.
The PRPC is currently working with the region’s Counties/Cities; assisting them in updating their plans which were originally approved in 2006-2007. The final updated plan approval process is carried out in four distinct steps. Those are:
|At TDEM for REVIEW||At FEMA for REVIEW||Pending Local Adoption||Finally Approved|
|Hutchinson County||Hall County|
|City of Canyon|
John KiehlRegional Services Director
Lori GunnRegional Services Program Coordinator
Criminal Justice Planning Fund (Fund 421) Source: A biennial
appropriation by the Texas Legislature from funds collected through court costs
and fees. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, §102.056 and §102.075. Section
772.006 of the Texas Government Code designates CJD as the Fund's administering
FY Appropriation: Set annually
Purpose: Support a wide range of projects designed to reduce crime and improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
Eligibility: State agencies, units of local government, independent school districts, nonprofit corporations, Native American tribes, COGs, universities, colleges, hospital districts, juvenile boards, regional education service centers, community supervision and corrections departments, crime control and prevention districts, and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for grants under this fund. Faith-based organizations must be certified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt nonprofit entities. Grantees may not use grant funds or program income for proselytizing or sectarian worship.
Award Criteria: Meet the criteria codified in the TAC, Title 1, Part 1, Chapter 3, Subchapter C, Division 1
Frequency of Award: Annual