Hazard Mitigation Planning

TornadoIn order to be eligible for pre- or post-disaster mitigation funding, the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires local governments to prepare a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP), which identifies strategies to minimize the impact of these hazards.

In March of 2010, Bloomfield Township was awarded grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prepare a HMP. The Township’s HMP focuses on the risks posed to residential properties and public infrastructure by a myriad of natural and unnatural hazards. Hazards can include severe thunderstorms, wildfire, flooding, infrastructure failures, and civil disorder just to name a few. Below you will find a copy of the approved 2011 HMP and approved 2010 Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan reports.

This document is available to view in PDF format. Hazard Mitigation Plan
This document is available to view in PDF format. Appendix A
This document is available to view in PDF format. Appendix B
This document is available to view in PDF format. Appendix C

The HMP must be updated every 5 years in order to remain eligible for FEMA grant funding. In August 2015, Bloomfield Township made application to the Michigan State Police (MSP) for grant funds to update the HMP. The MSP manages the FEMA program. In February 2016 FEMA approved the Township’s application for grant funding and in July 2016, the Township Board authorized to proceed with the HMP update.

A final DRAFT version of the HMP has been submitted to the MSP in February of this year for review. The Township is awaiting a response from the MSP regarding the Township’s draft HMP. If approved, the 2017 HMP will replace the existing 2011 HMP.

If you have any comments or questions regarding the contents if this report, please contact 248.594.2800.

Franklin Branch Stream Bank Stabilization Project

In 2001, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the Township a 1.6 million dollar grant to mitigate flooding hazards along the Franklin Branch of the Rouge River. The Franklin Branch is a natural stream that had been severely impacted by erosion and flooding that lead to downstream sedimentation, streambed degradation and slope failure.

Franklin Branch Stream Bank Stabilization Project

The Franklin Stream Bank Stabilization Project focused on four (4) areas of stream bank erosion along a one-mile stretch of the Franklin Branch. Each site was ranked a priority based on the threat to infrastructure (sewers, homes, roadways). The project focused on the use of innovative engineering alternatives that included brush mattresses, live staking, fascines, pools and riffles, and vegetated geocell retaining walls to correct severe erosion issues. The project also included an extensive reforestation phase. Among all four sites, a total of 911 new trees were planted including American Sycamore, Silver Maple, Red Maple, Sugar Maple, River Birch, and White Pine.

Franklin Branch Stream Bank Stabilization Project

In order to continue to be eligible for FEMA projects like these, the Township is required to have an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The Township began this process with the preparation of a Flood Mitigation Action Plan (FMAP), which was later incorporated by reference into the full HMP. Once this plan is approved, the Township will be eligible to apply for grants for these types of projects, and others as identified in the plan.

Franklin Branch Stream Bank Stabilization Project

Additional Information

Please contact the Bloomfield Township Engineering and Environmental Services Department at eesd@bloomfieldtwp.org or 248-594-2800 if you have questions about the material presented here.

For more information regarding Hazard Mitigation Planning, please visit the following websites:

FEMA Multi-Hazard Mitigation
Michigan State Police- Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division
Oakland County Homeland Security Division

Updated May 2017