Monday, 11 26, 2012
Contact: Buddy Rogers 502-607-1611
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2012) - Today Kentucky Emergency Management announced the new Commonwealth Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Planning System (CHAMPS) to assist local and state hazard mitigation efforts.
"I am very pleased to announce that CHAMPS is now operational and initial training for the application has begun," said KYEM Director John Heltzel.
"CHAMPS is the result of more than four years of development efforts with our partners and stakeholders in Commonwealth Mitigation.
"This new system provides a streamlined tool for improving disaster mitigation planning. Through a series of six different modules, many useful functions can be found which will make the processes of tracking disasters, writing hazard mitigation plans and applying for and completing mitigation projects much easier."
Kentucky is one of only a handful of states that has achieved and maintained FEMA's enhanced mitigation program status. Enhanced status is achieved by meeting higher federal standards for mitigation program management and brings in an additional five percent in federal mitigation grant funding after a major presidential disaster is declared. This extra five percent equates to millions of additional federal dollars for local mitigation projects.
With the ability to store information in one centralized Web-based system; assist communities with hazard assessments; highlight available mitigation funds; and to guide communities through mitigation planning, funding and project management; CHAMPS will have a major, positive, impact at both the local and state level.
KYEM encourages all involved in hazard mitigation efforts to take advantage of this opportunity and learn the newest technology in emergency management.
Over the next few months, training sessions will be held across the state to introduce and teach the new process to those involved in hazard mitigation efforts.
Local and state mitigation planning staff can register to attend one of the training sessions by going online at www.kyem.ky.gov/CHAMPSV1Training . For additional information on hazard mitigation, visit http://kyem.ky.gov/recovery/Pages/HazardMitigation.aspx.