Barry County communities update Hazard Mitigation Plan

Friday, February 26, 2016

Meeting scheduled for Monday in Cassville, open to the public

The Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG) has contracted with State Emergency Management Agency and the Barry County Commission to prepare a five-year update to the Barry County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.

A plan update kick-off meeting will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. in the old Barry County Courthouse, located at 700 Main Suite 2 in Cassville.

Effective November 1, 2003, any county in Missouri that is declared a federal disaster area must have an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan in place to be eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding. Hazard mitigation, as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is any action taken to eliminate or reduce the loss of life or property as the result of a disaster event. HMGP funds may be used to fund projects that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters as well as provide a long term solution to a problem.

Many types of projects can be funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, including improving bridges at low water crossings, floodplain buyouts and constructing community saferooms.

As required by federal law, a local jurisdiction must review and revise its plan to reflect changes in development, progress in local mitigation efforts and changes in priorities, and the jurisdiction must resubmit it for approval every five years to continue to be eligible for grant funding. The Barry County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan is a revision of the previous five-year update completed in January 2012.

The public is invited to learn how local governments are planning to mitigate the impact of natural hazard events. All interested persons are encouraged to provide input on the plan, which must be approved by the State Emergency Management Agency and FEMA. The County Commissioners, along with the governing body of each participating city and school district, must pass resolutions adopting the plan once it is approved by FEMA.

A copy of the 2012 Barry County Hazard Mitigation Plan is available at the SMCOG website: smcog.missouristate.edu.

All comments and questions should be directed to Dave Faucett at 417-836-6901, or davefaucett@missouristate.edu.

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