The Harford County Department of Emergency Services identifies hazards that could impact our communities, assesses our vulnerability to those hazards, identifies resources and capabilities and then develops strategies to lessen the impact from future disasters. That information from the county and municipalities is compiled into a plan – called the Harford County Hazard Mitigation Plan – that is updated every five years, as mandated by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K). The last update was in July 2022.
The plan contains strategies and concepts to eliminate or reduce future damage from the identified hazards to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents in Harford County. It also allows Harford to apply for federal assistance under a major disaster declaration, other flood assistance and mitigation grant funding.