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The Winnebago County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Steering Committee will host a public information and strategy planning session at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, at the Regional Design Center, 315 N. Main St., in Rockford. Through a grant funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the County has formed an alliance with Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) to identify potential natural hazards and produce an Update to the current Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP).
A planning group, comprised of the County, municipalities, other agencies and utilities, has selected a list of potential hazards that could occur within the county, and is in the process of developing a list of mitigation measures intended to eliminate or reduce the negative impact of those hazards. The list of hazards includes flooding, severe storms, tornadoes, hazardous materials releases, winter storms, extreme heat and drought, dam failures and earthquakes. Examples of mitigation projects include construction of storm shelters, purchase of properties that lie in flood-prone areas, enhancement of fire protection capabilities, and further coordination of emergency response teams.
Since funds for mitigation projects are only available to jurisdictions that have a FEMA-approved MHMP, completion of the Update by FEMA’s Dec. 31 deadline is critical for those communities currently planning or implementing mitigation projects.
The public is invited to attend this June 25 meeting to learn about the MHMP Update and to provide the planning group with input regarding the planning process.
For more information about the MHMP, refer to the Winnebago County website at http://www.wincoil.us or contact Don Krizan at the Winnebago County Highway Department, (815) 319-4000.
Posted June 18, 2014