Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan


PRESS RELEASE


Wright County, Iowa
Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

Wright County Planning Team Seeks Public Input


Wright County, IA –– The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Wright County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update before it is finalized.  The plan includes an updated strategy to reduce damage and losses caused by hazard events. The final draft of the plan will be available online and in hard-copy from May 13th to May 24th, 2019.  The purpose is to provide information to the public on the Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 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.

Wright County invited representatives from county departments, the incorporated cities, public school districts and other mitigation planning stakeholders to work together to develop this plan update.  The planning Team addressed multiple hazards—ranging from drought and severe winter storms to tornadoes and flooding—and considered the impacts of these events on local communities.  Based on the results of an updated risk assessment of the hazards, team members updated the strategies for their jurisdictions to reduce damages caused by the various hazards.  The team consulted with Wood Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. to assist with the plan update and ensure that the final plan meets federal regulations.

The planning team would like input from the public on the updated strategy to lessen impacts of future disasters on people and property in Wright County. The Plan will also be reviewed by the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (IA HSEMD) and then submitted to FEMA for review and approval.  Public comments will be considered by the Hazard Mitigation Planning Team and incorporated into the final plan, as appropriate.  The final plan must be approved by the governing body of each participating jurisdiction, IA HSEMD, and FEMA before becoming official.

From May 13th to May 24th, 2019, the final draft plan will be available for your review at the following locations:

In person viewing during normal operating hours at:

Wright County Sheriff’s Office
719 2nd Street SW
Clarion, IA 50525

Wright County Courthouse
115 N. Main Street
Clarion, IA 50525             

Or online at:  Hazard Mitigation Plan                                                     

For more information on this planning effort, or to provide your comments, please contact Wright County Emergency Management via email at jlester@co.wright.ia.us.