Project Purpose

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.

 

Warren County Planning Area

 

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Round 1 Meeting

The Round 1 meeting has already taken place for the planning area. If your jurisdiction was unable to make it to the Round 1 meeting but still wishes to participate, please contact Becky Appleford at 402-392-9915 or rappleford@jeo.com. A recording of the Round 1 virtual meeting can be found here: https://bit.ly/WarrenCountyEMA

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Round 2 Meeting

The Round 2 meeting has already taken place. If your jurisdiction was unable to make it to the Round 2 meeting but still wishes to participate, please contact Becky Appleford at 402-392-9915 or rappleford@jeo.com. A recording of the Round 2 virtual meeting can be found here: https://bit.ly/WarrenCountyEMA. Worksheets that will need to be filled out can be found on the project's Google Drive.

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Public Review Period

The 2022 Warren County Hazard Mitigation Plan is currently available for Public Review. This will run from Monday, April 18th to Friday, May 20th. This is the last opportunity to review the plan and submit to JEO any requested changes or corrections, prior to submission to HSEMD  and FEMA. If no changes are received by the end of Public Review, JEO will assume that each jurisdiction has reviewed the plan and approves of it as written.

The Warren County Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for review below. To submit a revision or request other changes, please email Becky Appleford, JEO Project Manager, at rappleford@jeo.com or use the comment box below.

Draft Upfront Section

Draft Warren County Appendix - Ths appendix includes Warren County, City of Carlisle, City of Cumming, City of Hartford, City of Indianola, City of Lacona, City of Martensdale, City of Milo, City of New Virginia, and the City of Norwalk.

Draft Other Jurisdictions Appendix - This appendix includes Indianola Community School District, Martensdale-St Marys Community School District, Norwalk Community School District, Simpson College, and Warren Water District.

 

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Provide Input

If you would like to provide a comment to the planning team,  or have a suggestion, feel free to use the comment box below. If you would like someone from the planning team to respond, please provide your name and contact information (phone number or email address).

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