On behalf of the entire BOLDplanning team, congratulations to Georgia’s Douglas County Emergency Management Office, along with the City of Douglasville (the county seat) on gaining FEMA approval of their recently updated Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). 

HMPs, as the emergency management community knows, are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. They also ensure a planning area’s eligibility to receive all-important, pre-and post-disaster financial assistance through the Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant (FMA) Program, the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program, and other federal programs. 

Approval of Douglas County’s HMP is the direct result of its hard work and determination to actively engage plan stakeholders, identify hazards and vulnerabilities, and, of course, add/update mitigation projects. 

For Douglas County and the City of Douglasville, specifically, these projects include but are certainly not limited to,  1) promoting the installation of a much-needed tornado storm shelter, 2) purchasing emergency generators for all water pumping/lift stations, 3) developing the Douglas County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), and 4) continuing to promote water-saving techniques through a public awareness campaign.

Special thanks to Jason Milholin Emergency Manager with the Douglas County Emergency Management Office for bringing this project to completion.  

“Congratulations again to Douglas County on this recent achievement,” said BOLDplanning representative, James Woulfe, CBCP. “It was both an honor and a pleasure to serve as the County’s partner in preparedness throughout the mitigation planning process.”

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Douglas County, it is located in the North Central portion of the State of Georgia, approximately 20 miles from Atlanta. 

Project partner, BOLDplanning, is located in historic Franklin, TN, a suburb of Nashville. The company provides clients with expert consulting services and cloud-based software for the development of preparedness plans for hazard mitigation, emergency operations, and business continuity.