The first public meeting to prepare for future disasters has been set for later this month, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Amy Miller.
“We have scheduled the first public meeting for the Hazard Mitigation Plan for Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m., here at the Courthouse Conference Room,” Miller reported.
The event is open to everyone interested and the public is encouraged to get involved, Miller urged.
“All of the cities (in Barton County) have been notified. The group that is hard to notify is the private non-profits. They can be eligible for mitigation funding. And of course the general public. We are looking for public comments. FEMA wants to be sure that everyone has the chance to review the plan and make comments.”
She reported earlier on the importance of the plan.
“The purpose of a Hazard Mitigation Plan is to guide hazard mitigation to better protect the people and property of Barton County,” Miller reported. “The Barton County Hazard Mitigation Plan will be a multi-jurisdictional plan, meaning that not only the county, but also local governments with taxing authority, such as cities, townships and school districts, are planning partners.”
Input received from this meeting will be utilized and any changes that need to be made will be made to the plan, and then there will be a final meeting, before the plan is sent to state officials, Miller reported.
Anyone needing more information on the meeting can contact Miller, 793-1919.