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Use our Flood Hazards Screening Tool below to determine if your facility could be impacted by flooding.

Hazard Mitigation – What is it?

Hazard mitigation, as described by FEMA, is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from flooding and other natural disasters. Organizations benefit from hazard mitigation (otherwise known as resiliency planning) by:

  • Identifying cost effective actions for risk reduction that are agreed upon by stakeholders and the public
  • Focusing resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities
  • Building partnerships by involving people, organizations, and businesses
  • Increasing education and awareness of hazards and risk
  • Communicating priorities to state and federal officials
  • Aligning risk reduction with other community objectives
Funding Mechanisms – How to pay for Hazard Mitigation

Several federal agencies provide funding for hazard mitigation. These agencies include USEPA, FEMA, USDA, and HUD. These funds may be used to fund projects that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters. Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem; some examples include: storm hardening, elevation of flood prone assets, and other flood control measures. Additionally, many states also offer funding to aid organizations with this effort.

The National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) dataset represents the current effective flood data for the country, where maps have been modernized. It is a compilation of effective Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) databases and Letters of Map Change (LOMCs). The NFHL is updated as studies go effective. For more information, visit FEMA's Map Service Center (MSC).

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Please use our screening tool to evaluate the proximity of your location to a FEMA identified 100 year flood zone. To use our screening tool enter your location (either city or actual address) at the top right hand of the map in the search bar. This will automatically zoom the map to your location. You may then zoom the map in or out or pan the map in any direction. Flood zones are indicated by a purple color.

Please note that this is only a screening tool and is not a substitute for a site evaluation to determine flooding risk. For more information please contact Ryan Kmetz at (413) 875-1606 or RMKmetz@TigheBond.com

Drinking Water

For more than a century, Tighe & Bond has provided numerous communities – as well as district and private water companies – with comprehensive engineering services to ensure that residents have an adequate supply of quality drinking water. 
We assess existing water supplies with hydrogeologic or hydrologic studies, as well as water rate and cost of service studies. We plan, permit and design treatment, storage and distribution systems. Conducting pilot plant treatability studies, we determine system effectiveness for new supplies and existing supplies that can be improved through the use of new water treatment technologies. Tighe & Bond also assists cities and towns by negotiating water treatment or purchase agreements with other communities, assisting with permitting, researching and accessing all available funding opportunities.

Our experience spans the full range of services required by a water supplier including: water system planning and modeling, groundwater exploration and development, surface water reservoirs and dam construction, distribution system improvements (including water mains, pumping stations and storage facilities), as well as groundwater and surface water treatment facilities and automation and control of waterworks facilities.
Tighe & Bond plans, permits, and designs efficient, cost-effective wastewater treatment systems to help municipal, institutional and industrial clients achieve compliance with federal, state and local regulations. Our projects range from small industrial pretreatment systems to large municipal treatment facilities. For many cities and towns, we have prepared detailed facilities plans and permit applications, assisted in obtaining funding, completed detailed design of collection, pumping and treatment facilities, and provided construction oversight and startup services. Our firm designs and builds turnkey systems, and provides consulting services which include plans and specifications, bidding and construction supervision, startup oversight, operator training and permitting.

Our firm’s water pollution control experience also includes sewer system evaluations, collection systems, infiltration/inflow studies, pumping stations, and permitting.



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