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Lawrence agency awarded planning grant

Nov. 08, 2012 @ 11:15 PM

IRONTON -- The Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency has been awarded a planning grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to update the county's hazard mitigation grant program, according to a news release.

"The county must update the mitigation plan every five years to remain compliant with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000," said Mike Boster, director of the county agency. "Having a current plan also makes the county eligible to apply for future mitigation grant funds from the federal government."

In 2003, the county along with Athalia, Chesapeake, Coal Grove, Hanging Rock, Ironton, Proctorville and South Point developed mitigation plans that were subsequently updated in 2007, according to the release.

The goal is a safer community, Boster said. "We want to develop a strong, usable plan," he said. "The overall goal of the planning group and the plan is to help those communities that participate to achieve and sustain future economic and community development, growth and changes that incorporate their local values and concerns for resiliency to natural disasters."

The next mitigation planning meeting is set for 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the agency office at 515 Park Ave. The meeting is open to the public.