Warren County Iowa Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Warren County Iowa Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2017-06-20T13:51:50+00:00

Project Purpose

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Central Iowa is at risk to a wide-range of natural, manmade, and technological hazards. Some examples include tornadoes, floods, winter storms, dam failures, chemical releases, agricultural disease, and more. In response to these risks, the Warren County Iowa Emergency Management Commission (WCIA) in collaboration with JEO Consulting Group, Inc., is seeking to better understand how these hazardous events impact central Iowans in order to increase community resilience. To that end, WCIA will be updating their multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) over the next year, with the goal of reducing risk to hazards before they happen to communities in the WCIA.

A hazard mitigation plan is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to hazards and mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate this vulnerability. Having an approved and updated plan enables your community to be stronger and more resilient by:

  1. reducing your community’s risk and impacts from disasters,
  2. gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and
  3. building partnerships within your community and across the WCIA.

Residents, communities, schools, fire departments, hospitals, and more from Warren County are invited to participate in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.

To view and download the current 2011 Hazard Mitigation Plan, please contact Becky Appleford.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Review

The public review period is June 1 – July 3, 2017. During this time, we ask jurisdictions to review their participant section and provide any comments or changes. Once the public review period has concluded, the complete multi-jurisdictional plan will be submitted to the Iowa Homeland and Emergency Management Department and FEMA for final approval. The plan sections are available for download below. Changes can be provided via phone, email, mail, and fax. Thank you!

Hazard Mitigation Plan Sections 1-7

Participant Sections:

Warren County

Carlisle

Cumming

Hartford

Indianola

Indianola Community School District

Lacona

Martensdale

Martensdale-St. Marys Community School District

Milo

New Virginia

Norwalk

Norwalk Community School District

Simpson College

Southeast Warren Community School District

Please return any changes or comments to Becky Appleford by:

Mail:

11717 Burt Street Suite 210

Omaha, NE 68154-1510

Email:

rappleford@jeo.com

Phone:

402-392-9915

Fax:

402-934-3681

Previous Meetings

Hazard Mitigation Workshop

A four-hour Hazard Mitigation Workshop was held at the beginning of the planning process for the Warren County HMP. The goal of the workshop was for attendees to gain a better understanding of the hazard mitigation planning process. It covered: an explanation of hazard mitigation, how the planning process will benefit the community, requirements for getting an approved HMP, and the types of information you’ll need to provide at the upcoming meetings.

Held: Wednesday September 14, 2016 at the Warren County Administration Building

Round 1 Meeting

The first public meeting for the hazard mitigation plan update was held in Indianola. The goals of the meeting were to provide attendees with a brief overview of the planning process and to gather information needed to complete a draft of the plan. Information collected at the meeting included identifying hazards of greatest concern, identifying critical facilities, and updating the status of mitigation projects selected during the last hazard mitigation plan.

Held: Thursday October 6, 2016 at the Warren County Administration Building

Round 2 Meeting

The second public meeting for the hazard mitigation plan update was held in Indianola. The goals of the meeting were to: identify specific projects to reduce the impacts of hazards, review the updated draft participant section, review community plans for the plan integration review, and collect any other missing information.

Held: Thursday January 12, 2017 at the Warren County Administration Building

Funding Workshop

A Funding Workshop was held for all jurisdictions participating in the Warren County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The workshop provided information on the available grant opportunities for funding and implementing mitigation actions identified in the plan. Representatives from the USDA Rural Development, Iowa Finance Authority, and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department gave presentations on grant funding during the workshop.

Held: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Warren County Administration Building

Contact Information

Rebecca Appleford, CFM
Project Coordinator
402-392-9915
rappleford@jeo.com
Jeff Henson FormalJeff Henson, CFM
Project Manager
402-474-8764
jhenson@jeo.com

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