Cedar and Dixon Counties are collaborating again to update their Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was originally approved by FEMA in October 2010. Representatives from communities across these two counties will join the County Emergency Managers to form a Planning Team to guide the planning process over the next several months. All communities, public school districts, natural resources districts, and other taxing authorities within Cedar and Dixon Counties are eligible and encouraged to participate.
A hazard mitigation plan is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to natural and man-made 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:
- Reducing your community’s risk and impacts from hazards and disasters such as: tornados, flooding, drought, hail, severe winter storms, agricultural plant and animal diseases, wildfire, chemical spills, etc.;
- Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and
- Building partnerships within your community and across counties.
FEMA requires communities to have an approved and updated plan every five years in order to be eligible for mitigation grant programs. These federal grants allow for up to a 75% cost share for a wide variety of projects listed in the plan, which are available on an annual basis as appropriated by congress. Furthermore, for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation, $4 in post disaster recovery is saved, according to FEMA.
JEO Consulting Group, Inc. (JEO) has been hired to assist with the plan development over the next 12 months. JEO assisted in completing Cedar and Dixon Counties’ current Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This hazard mitigation plan update is funded by a FEMA planning grant. The cost is shared 75% through federal funding and 25% through a local match, which Cedar and Dixon Counties are providing.
Residents, communities, schools, fire departments, hospitals and more from Cedar and Dixon Counties were invited to participate in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.