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Review period open for 2019 county hazard-mitigation plan

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Dec 16, 2018 at 6:00 AM

The Huron County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has announced the public review period for the 2019 county hazard-mitigation plan.

Public review opened Friday and will continue through 5 p.m. Jan. 4. 

The purpose of the hazard mitigation is to reduce the cost of damages from natural disasters such as flooding, tornadoes and severe storms.

The information is developed through a series of local work sessions to identify past storms, incidents and damages that have occurred in Huron County. It also creates action plans to property from future damages. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires counties to develop mitigation plans and obtain federal approval of the plans in order to be eligible for certain types of funding programs.

The 2019 Huron County hazard-mitigation plan draft is a available for review at http://www.consultrsa.com/huron.html . Comments can be submitted through the website, by contacting director Art Mead at 419-663-5772 or by email at [email protected] A printed copy of the plan is available upon request at the Huron County EMA office, 255-B Shady Lane Drive, which is behind the sheriff’s office.

Any and all comments form the public are encouraged.

After any necessary changes are made, the draft plan will be submitted to the Ohio EMA and FEMA for review and approval. It is anticipated that a federally-approved plan will be available for local adoption by the spring.

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