South Bend, Washington – Two public meetings for All Hazard Mitigation Planning have been scheduled.
The purpose of the meetings will be to discuss the importance of mitigation planning, explain the process that is being used to develop the county-wide plan, and to answer any questions the public may have. Hazard mitigation is a collaborative process whereby hazards affecting the community are identified, vulnerability to the hazards is assessed, and consensus reached on how to minimize or eliminate the effects of these hazards.
· Thursday, March 19, 2009 – 6:15 p.m.
South Bend High School Library
405 East 1st Street, South Bend, WA
· Monday, March 23, 2009 – 6:30 p.m.
South Bend City Hall
1102 W First Street, South Bend, WA
The goals of hazard mitigation planning include:
- Contribute to the development of a long-term, comprehensive mitigation program by funding measures designed to achieve the goals of the state hazard mitigation plan.
- Assist local governments in avoiding or lessening the impact of natural hazards through safer building practices and the improvement of existing structures and supporting infrastructure.
States and communities use the planning process to set short and long-range mitigation goals and objectives. In recognition of the importance of planning, counties with an approved mitigation plan in effect at the time of disaster may receive Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding from FEMA for planned projects. Jurisdictions lacking a hazard mitigation plan are not eligible for HMGP funds.