Hazard Mitigation Planning enables informed preparation for natural and other hazardous events likely to affect a community, school district, county, or region. Organized preparedness provides a means to minimize risk to persons and property, and essentially improve resiliency. Guidance for the development of Hazard Mitigation Plans is provided through the Iowa Department of Homeland Security based on requirements set forth by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A current, approved Hazard Mitigation Plan as adopted by resolution is a prerequisite to FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation funding programs.
SIMPCO, as contracted through Plymouth County, under an agreement between all participating counties, completed the 2020 Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, and Woodbury Counties in Iowa. FEMA approved the document on July 24, 2020. Each jurisdiction is responsible for adopting the Plan by Resolution and maintaining relevant information to projects, actions, and strategies as identified in the Plan.
While all cities, counties, and school districts with facilities in the Region are included for discussion, FEMA recognizes “Participating Jurisdictions” as those with specific actions, strategies, and/or projects included in the Region Listing of Projects located on page 79 in Title III Region, Section G Mitigation Actions, Strategies, & Projects, Article 3 Identified Actions, Strategies, & Projects. An amendment and subsequent adoption at the local level enables jurisdiction eligibility and activates “Participant” status upon notification to the County EMA, State, and FEMA.
Templates for Adoption by Resolution, Amendment, and Progress Reporting are included in the appendix of the Plan.
Word versions of templates available upon request. Contact the Regional Planner, Dawn Kimmel.[/threecol-two-last]