County releases hazard mitigation plan, sets forum

The Fayette County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan outlining projects and activities to lessen damages caused by severe weather and other natural hazards will be available for public review and comment from May 21-28.
The plan, along with a summary sheet and a comment survey, can be viewed on the Emergency Management Agency page of the Fayette County website.
Anyone unable to access the plan via the website can contact Kendra Craig, Emergency Management Agency director, at 382-4292 to schedule an appointment to view a paper copy of the plan.
The comment period will remain open through Thursday, May 28.
Public comments will be used to make any revisions needed before this plan is submitted to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and FEMA.
A public forum will also be conducted at 6 p.m. next Thursday. 
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, which prohibits any gatherings of more than 10 people, the public forum will be conducted via teleconference.
Individuals interested in participating in the public forum should contact Craig at 283-4294.
Individuals can still review this plan and comment without participating in the public forum. 
“This plan describes how the county and the participating jurisdictions have been impacted by severe weather and other natural hazards and identifies specific mitigation actions that can be taken to reduce damages to life and health, infrastructure, and property before events occur,” Craig said.
The Fayette County All Hazards Mitigation Planning Committee prepared this draft plan with technical assistance from state and federal agencies as well as a consultant specializing in emergency management planning.
The committee is comprised of representatives from various County departments, in addition to Bingham, Brownstown, Ramsey, St. Elmo, St. Peter, Vandalia, as well as Brownstown CUSD #201, Sharon Township, Vandalia Township, St. Elmo Fire Protection District and St. Peter Fire Protection District.
The committee began meeting last fall to prepare this plan.

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