Lehigh Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan

Lehigh Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan

How does this Plan benefit the Lehigh Valley?

The bi-county hazard mitigation plan assists Northampton and Lehigh Counties with the following:

    • An increased understanding of natural and man-made hazards impacting the region
    • Assess the risk and vulnerability of people, property, and the environment
    • Reduced long-term impacts and damages to human health and structures and reduced repair costs
    • Development of more sustainable and disaster-resistant communities
    • Access to federal mitigation grant funding for eligible project

Proactive mitigation leads to sustainable, more cost-effective projects. By contrast, reactive mitigation tends to lead to the “quick-fix” alternatives; it simply costs too much to address the effects of disasters only after they happen. A surprising amount of damage can be prevented if the region anticipates where and how disasters will occur, and take steps to mitigate those damages.


It is with great satisfaction that we can announce the 2018 Lehigh Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, submitted to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and FEMA in October 2018, has been approved pending adoption by each jurisdiction as explained.

Public comments should be forwarded to Thomas E. Guth, Jr.



Northampton County Municipal Annexes


Lehigh County Municipal Annexes

Thomas E. Guth, Jr.

Hazard Mitigation / Disaster Recovery Manager

Northampton County Emergency Management Services
100 Gracedale Avenue
Nazareth, PA  18064-9278

(610) 746-3194 x3228

Tanya Hook

Interim Agency Director

Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency
640 W. Hamilton Street, 8th Floor
Allentown, PA 18101

(610) 782-4600