Mitigation plan approved by FEMA

Mitigation plan approved by FEMA

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Craighead County Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The approval was announced Wednesday by the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management.

According to a release from Craighead County Judge Ed Hill, the hazard mitigation is an effort to reduce the loss of life and property by diminishing the impacts of disasters.

Government agencies create hazard mitigation plans to identify risks and vulnerabilities related to natural hazards and then develop long-term strategies to protect people and property from future hazards.

Developing hazard plans enables the following:

  • Increase education and awareness around threats, hazards, and vulnerabilities
  • Build partnerships for risk reduction involving government, organizations, businesses, and the public
  • Identify long-term, broadly-supported strategies for risk reduction
  • High-risk reduction with other community objectives
  • Identify implementation approaches that focus responses on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities, and communicate priorities to potential sources of funding

Now, a plan needs to be approved by each municipality and school district included in the plan.

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