Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan available online for review

News from Public Works, Posted on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 6:17pm

Cattaraugus County seeks public comments on its draft Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The public's assistance in this process will assist the County in completing its mandatory five-year update of its existing plan. Members of the public are encouraged to go online (http://www.cattco.org/form/draft-hazard-mitigation-plan-few-questions) to review and make comments on the draft plan.

The purpose of this plan is to identify key actions that can be taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risks to human life and property from natural disasters such as floods, severe storms, and ice storms. Having a FEMA-approved mitigation plan also maintains the County's and its partners' eligibility for certain federal disaster assistance and hazard mitigation funding programs.

All municipalities and organizations that participate in the County plan or have their own approved plan are eligible for FEMA pre-disaster funding. This funding can be used to identify and construct projects that reduce long-term risks to life and property from a natural disaster.

All municipalities who have not submitted their hazard mitigation information for the plan cannot be eligible for FEMA pre-disaster funding.

To submit hazard mitigation information or obtain additional details, contact Crystal Gross, Cattaraugus County Department of Public Works at (716) 938-2442 or by email at CRGross [at] cattco [dot] org.

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