Brighton, MI October 29, 2013: As found in Michigan Hazard Mitigation Success Stories: Outstanding accomplishments in reducing loss of life, property and environmental damage associated with hazards in Michigan, published by the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division of the Michigan State Police and The Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council, ASTI Environmental is the only firm in the State of Michigan that has successfully completed more than one Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) for governmental entities. ASTI has assisted Oakland County , Wayne County and the City of Kentwood.
Instituted by FEMA, the purpose of an HMP is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses. HMPs form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damage to lives, property and the economy from future disasters. State, Indian Tribal and local governments are required to develop an HMP as a condition of receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance.