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Hazard Mitigation

Northern & Eastern All Hazard Mitigation Plan

From 2008 to 2011, the Towns of Amenia, Beekman, Dover, Milan, North East, Pawling and Pine Plains and the Villages of Millerton and Pawling collaborated to develop a multi-jurisdictional natural hazards mitigation plan.  A mitigation plan helps communities and residents learn about natural hazards in their area and take steps to reduce their risk of damage to property and infrastructure. The plan is entitled the Northern and Eastern Dutchess County Communities Regional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan and a copy is available in each community.

The nine communities that prepared this plan are located in southeastern New York State approximately 85 miles north of New York City and 85 miles south of Albany, NY.  They are generally bounded to the west by the Taconic Ridge and the rest of Dutchess County and to the east by the State of Connecticut.  The nine jurisdictions comprise 287 square miles in area and a population of approximately 42,000 (2000 Census).

The devastating effects of widespread flooding that occurred in the Ten Mile River Valley in 2005 and 2007 prompted local officials to recognize the benefits of pursuing a long-term, coordinated approach to natural hazard mitigation. The plan includes collective and community-specific actions to identify and strengthen resources and reduce, redirect or eliminate damage by currently-known hazards. This plan was not intended to address human-caused (or man-made) hazards such as incidents related to biological, chemical, nuclear materials release or acts of terrorism. Representatives from all the communities continue to meet periodically to review progress on plan implementation.  Please contact your Town Supervisor or Village Mayor to learn more about progress on your community’s implementation plan.

          To view your community’s 2011-2016 Hazard Mitigation Implementation Strategy Worksheet, click below. To jump to each town’s specific plan, go to page 261 in the document. Communities’ worksheets are listed in alphabetical order.

PFD File- Dutchess Communities Implementation Strategies file

A collective Mitigation Action of the Northern and Eastern Dutchess County Communities collaboration was to develop and disseminate information about natural hazard disaster preparedness for residents.  This website, developed in cooperation with the Dutchess County Soil and Water Conservation District, provides information and resources to help residents take steps to safeguard themselves and their properties from damage caused by natural hazards.


 Natural Hazard Preparedness

The Northern and Eastern Dutchess Communities All Hazards Mitigation Plan identified these natural hazards determined to be ones that residents should be prepared for;

  • Dam Failure
  • Drought
  • Earthquake
  • Extreme Temperatures (Cold/Heat)
  • Extreme Wind
  • Flood
  • Hurricane and Tropical Storm
  • Ice Jams
  • Lightening
  • Nor’easter
  • Tornado
  • Winter Storm
  • Wildfire


The link below shows the Hazard Profiles by jurisdiction