Press Release Below
LINCOLN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
216 E Lincoln Ave. Lincoln, Kansas 67455
Phone: 785 524-5005 ~ Fax: 785 524-5005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 28th, 2014
PUBLIC INPUT REQUESTED
The North Central Kansas Multi-Hazard, Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is Available for Public Input.
Lincoln County along with Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa,Republic, Saline and Smith Counties are in the process of completing the North Central Kansas (Region F) Multi-Hazard,Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This Hazard Mitigation Plan addresses a comprehensive list of hazards ranging from tornados and floods to severe weather events such as drought and winter storms, and will assess the likely impacts of these hazards on the county. Lincoln County Emergency Management Director, David Dohe, says “This plan will set goals and prioritize projects to reduce the impacts of future disasters on citizens and property. In addition, having an approved Mitigation Plan will allow for the county to maintain its eligibility for funding from FEMA.”
The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) was passed requiring that units of local government (cities, townships, and counties) need to have a mitigation plan approved in order to receive any grant money from disasters occurring after November 1st, 2004. Besides the financial considerations, other benefits to communities that plan for natural hazards before disasters strike –what planners refer to as mitigation planning – include:
· An increased understanding of hazards faced by communities
· More sustainable and disaster-resistant communities
· Financial savings through partnerships that support planning and mitigation efforts
· Focused use of limited resources on hazards that have the biggest impact on a community
· Reduced long-term impacts and damages to human health and structures and reduced repair costs
This project was coordinated through the Kansas Division ofEmergency Management and the counties within North Central Kansas. This mitigation plan was funded 100% through State grant funds. Dohe concludes that “public input from area residents is one of the most important ways of gauging the adequacy of local mitigation plans.”
We encourage citizens to take this survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RC6GGRN to provide us with additional information and comments. For additional questions, please contact Lincoln County Emergency Management at 785-524-5005.
Thank you for your time.