Send Date: 4/20/2021

To: Public and Stakeholders

Type: Press Release 



Delaware County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
Public Comment Period April 20 – May 20, 2021

(April 20, 2021) Delhi, NY– Delaware County announces the 30-day public comment for the 2020 Update to the Delaware County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) to start November 4th. 

This HMP update is part of a state pilot program to test the MitigateNY hazard mitigation planning software, funded by FEMA and administered by New York State’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYSDHSES). Delaware is the second county to develop and publish its HMP using the new MitigateNY web-based software. The software is the result of an ongoing partnership between NYSDHSES and the University at Albany’s Visualization and Informatics Laboratory (AVAIL).

Did you know that Delaware County has recorded $428M in total damages from flood events between 1996 and 2020? It approaches $438M if you include damages from hurricanes. Flooding is the natural hazard that presents the most risk in the county, but it’s not the only natural hazard that causes damage to structures or loss of life. Delaware County and its jurisdictions have been utilizing FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Plan process over the last two decades, to reduce risk to natural hazards and the process continues with this 2021 update to the HMP. 

Citizens of Delaware County and other stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan can be found at To access the web-based plan, you’ll need to use a modern web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. Please feel free to click around. Specific towns and villages can be accessed via a “dropdown menu” in the top navigation panel. Selecting a town or village will orient the entire website to that community’s information. There is a survey located on the public comment page of the website for your input, and one for submitting comments. 

Please note that the software is still being tested, and as a result you may experience bugs. Please email your questions, comments, concerns, feedback, or descriptions of any software bugs you experience via this survey form

Let’s work together to reduce risk to natural hazards in Delaware County!

About University at Albany SUNY’s Albany Visualization And Informatics Laboratory (AVAIL): AVAIL is a data science planning laboratory within the State University of New York at Albany. AVAIL is on a mission to empower a new generation of students to assimilate computer science knowledge and subject-matter expertise in the fields of data science and analytics. In doing so, AVAIL is formulating innovative solutions for private business and government.

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