Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Maui Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is a master plan for the County that identifies the hazards and risks posed by natural and technological disasters, identifies hazard mitigation actions and activities to reduce losses from such disasters, and establishes priorities and a long-term sustained process to implement those actions.

This plan focuses on mitigating hazards to critical facilities and special populations or areas. Critical facilities include those public and private facilities that need to be operational during and after a hazard event to meet public health and safety needs, or to speed economic recovery.

Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) is to save lives and property through the reduction of hazard vulnerability for the community. During the course of the update planning project, local leaders and the community worked in tandem to identify risks, assess capabilities, and formulated a strategy to reduce disaster vulnerability.

An HMP demonstrates County commitment to reduce risks from natural hazards and serve as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to minimize the effects of hazards. The HMP is the blueprint for reducing the County’s vulnerability to disasters and hazards. The HMP is intended to integrate with County planning mechanisms already in place, such as building and zoning regulations, environmental planning, and long-range planning mechanisms. The planning process included conducting a thorough hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA), creating community disaster mitigation priorities, and creating subsequent mitigation actions and projects for Maui County.

By participating in the planning process, the County will be eligible to apply for, and receive, grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reduce the vulnerability of residents within the community. Reducing the vulnerability to disasters helps to break the cycle of disasters and ensures a sustainable future for the next generation. After receiving FEMA approval of the HMP, the County is eligible to receive grants from the following grant funding sources when/if they are needed:
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
  • Pre-disaster Mitigation Program (PDM)
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA)

Maui County is committed to creating and sustaining communities that are more resilient to disasters. To fulfill this pledge, Maui Civil Defense Agency (MCDA) is in the process of adopting the newly updated 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). Federal rules require this plan be updated every five years.
Representatives from numerous Maui County departments and agencies collaborated with MCDA and Tetra Tech Incorporated - the contractor leading the hazard assessment and plan development. Decisions regarding plan elements, such as specific hazards to include, were made by a steering committee whose members include representatives from government, private business, non-profits, and the public.

The current FEMA-approved plan can be downloaded by clicking the following link:
A hazard mitigation working group will convene annually to evaluate the progress of the 2015 HMP. From this session a formal annual report on the progress of the plan will be prepared. This report will be posted to the Maui County HMP website as they become available.

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