Engagement Opportunities

Steering Committee  

 As the title suggests, the role of the Steering Committee is to guide the Planning Team through the process of drafting the HMP update. The committee will provide guidance and leadership, oversee the planning process, and act as the point of contact for all partners and the various interest groups in the planning area. Essentially the Steering Committee is comprised of full-time staff from the Montgomery County Planning Commission and Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management. Key players are identified below and those planners who have contributed to past HMP’s at Montgomery County are italicized: 

Montgomery County Planning Commission Environmental Section
Drew Shaw, AICP, Environmental Planning Manager
Jon Lesher, LEED Green Assoc., Environmental Planning Assist. Manager
Ellis Foley, AICP, LEED Green Assoc., Environmental Planner II
Montgomery County Planning Commission
Trails & Open Space Section
Donna Fabry, Senior Trails & Open Space Planner
Montgomery County Public Safety
Emergency Management Division
Joe Anna Haelig, Community Resilience Planner

Planning Team 

The Planning Team is composed local government agency, academic and other organization leaders. The Planning Team will work with the Steering Committee by providing insight and expertise into key areas of the HMP. A strong, effective planning team will consist of a broad range of stakeholders from various sectors. Diversity and variety is extremely valuable to successfully developing long-term strategies for protecting people and property from hazard events.  In the past, the Planning Team has been composed of members from the following organizations:  

  • Montgomery County Commissioners Office 
  • Montgomery County Department of Public Safety 
  • Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Abington Township 
  • Limerick Township 
  • Lower Gwynedd Township 
  • Springfield Township 
  • Towamencin Township 
  • Upper Dublin Township 
  • Upper Gwynedd Township 
  • Upper Merion Township 
  • Upper Providence Township 
  • Whitemarsh Township 
  • PECO/Exelon Corporation 
  • SEI Corporation 
  • Merck  
  • Holy Redeemer Hospital  
  • Ursinus College 


Resident and stakeholder participation are vital parts of the hazard mitigation planning process.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in lieu of in-person outreach at this time, we will continue to update this page with ways the public can keep informed and engaged in the Montgomery County HMP.   

You’re invited to participate in our public survey.
English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S6F25YQ
Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCGFWGQ

The county needs your input to create a safer, more disaster-resilient community. The survey is comprised of 50 questions and is divided into seven sections: (1) General, (2) Flooding/Severe Precipitation Events, (3) Heat, (4) Disease Outbreaks, (5) Civil Disturbance, (6) Cyber Security and (7) Invasive Species. The survey is designed to take approximately 15 minutes and no questions are required.  

This survey is designed to gather information from around Montgomery County to help us better coordinate activities and reduce the risk of injury or property damage. These questions are for information-gathering only and will shared for planning purposes only. Meaning, if data is presented the public it will only be aggregate. For instance it would appear in a format such as 75% of survey respondents listed flooding/storm damage as the core hazard in their region of the County. 

We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation.