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Emergency group seeks comment on hazard plan

Dec. 13, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Lawrence County is seeking residents' input as it works to update its hazard mitigation plan.

The 2003/2007 Lawrence County, Ohio Hazard Mitigation Plan must be reviewed in order to remain compliant with the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, according to Michael Boster, director of the Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency.

"This effort requires a review and evaluation of the existing plan, an update of the action plan for each participating community and the overall development of an updated plan for the county," Boster said in a press release. "The process also helps the participating communities to achieve and sustain future economic and community development, growth, and changes that incorporate their local values and concerns for resiliency to natural disasters....We cannot stop natural hazards from occurring, of course, but we can often identify steps that communities can take to reduce the impact or consequences of a particular hazard on the community."

Residents can view the current plan and submit written comments online at Lawrence County Engineer's website at http://lawrencecountyengineer.org/forms-publications.php under the "Forms and Publications" tab.

"I appreciate Doug Cade and the County Engineer's Office partnering with our agency to make the plan available for public comment," Boster said in the release. "The Engineer, along with other key community leaders, has been involved in the review process. Collaboration is always a very important part of the emergency management planning process."

A comment form is included on the Lawrence County Ohio Emergency Management Agency Facebook page. To comment, just download, print, complete and fax or email the form to Lawrence County EMA.

Residents can also review a copy of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan 2003/2007 by appointment, or request a Comment Form in person at the Emergency Management Agency Office located at 515 Park Avenue, Ironton, OH 45638. Call, email or fax the agency for an appointment or form.

A public meeting is also planned from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Lawrence County Emergency Operations Center located at 515 Park Ave. in Ironton at the rear of the county's 911 Dispatch Center Building, directly behind the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.

To learn more, contact Lawrence County (Ohio) Emergency Management Agency at 740-533-4375 or by fax at 740-533-4390 or by email at lawcohema@gmail.com.