Hazard Mitigation Plan 2014

Hazard Mitigation Planning

Alpena County is located in the northeastern portion of the Lower Peninsula. The following townships are located within Alpena County: Alpena, Green, Long Rapids, Maple Ridge, Ossineke, Sanborn, Wellington and Wilson (Figure 1.1). Also included in the planning area are the City of Alpena, the Census Designated Place of Ossineke, as well as the unincorporated places of Bolton, Cathro, Flanders, Herron, Hubbard Lake, Lachine, Lakewood, Leer, Long Rapids and Spratt. The City of Alpena is the county seat and is located on Lake Huron. Fiftyseven percent of the County is in public ownership and 83 percent of the county is forested. Alpena County covers 568 square miles or 363,520 acres. It is bordered by Presque Isle County to the North, Montmorency County to the west Alcona County to the south and Lake Huron to the east. Alpena County is 27.5 miles wide from east to west at its widest point and 24 miles from north to south at its deepest point.

Alpena County is remote from other urban centers and least a two and one half-hour drive to the major areas to the south. The closest cities to Alpena County are Gaylord on M-32, which is 72 miles to the west; Cheboygan, located 72 miles to the north on US 23; and Tawas, 66 miles to the south on US 23. Of the 29,598 people living in the County, 66 percent live in the city of Alpena and Alpena Township.

In partnership with seven counties in Northeastern Lower Peninsula of Michigan, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) worked with each county in its region to prepare hazard mitigation plans. The Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000 included new requirements for hazard mitigation planning. In order to become eligible for hazard mitigation grant program funds in the future, counties must prepare and adopt hazard mitigation plans. The County prepared its first Hazard Mitigation Plan in 2005. This planning document represents an update of the 2005 plan. The intent of a hazard mitigation plan is to inventory possible hazards, assess the vulnerability of community to hazards it faces, and to provide possible mitigation activities for those hazards. The focus of the hazard mitigation plan is the development of projects and policies that can be implemented to reduce or prevent losses from future disasters.

The Alpena County Hazard Mitigation Plan includes text, tables charts and maps necessary to describe and discuss the following: 1) a hazard analysis based on, a current community profile, hazard identification, risk assessment, and vulnerability assessment; 2) a listing of the communities goals and objectives; 3) a discussion of the alternatives for solving problems; 4) evaluation and prioritization of alternatives; 5) selection of feasible mitigation strategies; and 6) recommended mitigation strategies. The plan contains a hazard mitigation element that can be easily integrated into county or township comprehensive plans.

Alpena County Hazard Mitigation Plan