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Hazard Mitigation Plan Final Public Comment Period

Posted November 01, 2012 in Community Web Exclusives, Perry

Dallas County, IA –– The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Dallas County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan before it is finalized.  This plan was created to develop a strategy to reduce damage and losses caused by natural hazard events. The final draft of the plan will be available online and in hard-copy at select public locations in Dallas County from October 22 to November 2, 2012.  The purpose is to provide information to the public on the Multi- jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan under development as well as gain public input.

Taxpayers pay billions of dollars each year for disaster recovery. Some events are predictable, and often, damages can be reduced or eliminated. The federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires communities to develop an approved local hazard mitigation plan to remain eligible for certain federal funding.

The Dallas County Emergency Management Coordinator, Barry Halling, invited representatives from County departments, the incorporated cities, and school districts to work together to develop this plan. The planning committee addressed 17 natural hazards—ranging from flooding and tornadoes to severe winter storms—and considered the impacts of these events on local communities.  Based on the results of a risk assessment of the hazards, committee members suggested ways for their jurisdictions to reduce damages caused by the various hazards.  The committee consulted with AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. to assist with the plan development and ensure that the final plan meets federal regulations.

The planning committee would like input from the public on the strategy being developed to lessen impacts of future disasters on people and property in Dallas County. The Plan will be sent to the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and FEMA after this public comment period. Your comments will be considered by the Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee and incorporated into the plan, as appropriate.
From October 22 to November, 2, 2012, the final draft plan will be available for your review at the following locations:

Online at:  http://www.co.dallas.ia.us/index.aspx?page=133
 
In hard-copy during normal operating hours at:

Adel Public Library                           Perry Public Library
303 South 10th Street                    1101 Willis Avenue
Adel, Iowa                                         Perry, Iowa

The final plan must be approved by the governing body of each participating jurisdiction, the State of Iowa, and
FEMA before becoming official.

For more information on this planning effort, or to provide your comments, please contact Barry Halling at 515-993-2134 or via e-mail at barry.halling@co.dallas.ia.us.   You can also mail comments to Mr. Halling at P.O. Box 56, Adel, Iowa 50003.





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