In April, 1,970 random county residents received a questionnaire. The next step in the public participation process is the open house. Public input and participation are an important part of the planning process, Region Five reported. The purpose of the open house is to introduce hazard mitigation planning to the public, answer questions about the process and to seek out those interested in participating in the process.
The open house will be from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building in meeting rooms 1 and 2.
In February, the Crow Wing County Board contracted with the Region Five Development Commission to complete the county's first all-hazard mitigation plan. The Crow Wing County Emergency Management Department was awarded a grant from the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to complete an all-hazards mitigation plan for the county in January.
Hazard mitigation planning is the coordination of actions taken to reduce injuries, deaths, property damage, economic losses and degradation of natural resource due to natural or human-caused hazard events. Hazard mitigation actions have long-term and cumulative benefits over time.
Region Five reports the benefits of preparing a mitigation plan include:
More direct access to a wide range of technical and financial resources for mitigation projects and initiatives. Several federal and state emergency management programs require hazard mitigating plans as prerequisites to awarding funds.
The mitigation planning process promotes the development of an informed citizenry knowledgeable about vulnerability to hazards and the options for reducing losses - creating an advocacy group that will support plan implementation.
Integration of mitigation strategies with other community needs and goals.
Improved ability to recover after a disaster.
For more information, visit the county's Web site at www.co.crow-wing.mn.us/emergency_management or contact Chris Etzler, Region Five mitigation planner at (218) 894-3233 or County Emergency Management Director John Bowen at 824-1044.
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