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SEUALG to hold disaster planning update

The Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments is hosting a natural hazards rre-disaster mitigation plan review and update Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carbon County ambulance garage, 1550 E. Airport Rd.

SEUALG is in the initial process of updating the plan, which addresses natural hazards within the southeastern region to include Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan Counties. The State Division of Emergency Services and Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency require municipal governments to participate in the review and update of the current Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan in order to be eligible for FEMA assistance.

Under FEMA law, local governments must complete a natural mitigation plan that identifies natural hazards and rksks, and describes proposed actions to mitigate these risks. The purpose of these meeting will allow the public the opportunity to participate which will provide public awareness of natural hazards that affect the southeastern counties.

This meeting will be open to the public. However, it is a working meeting to begin reviewing the PDM plan.

The intent of the plan is to:

Allow each jurisdiction the opportunity to stay in contention for federal pre- and post-disaster assistance.

Provide an all encompassing document on natural hazards with strategies to reduce or eliminate losses associated with natural disasters.

Provide an educational opportunity and greater awareness to each local community.

SEUALG has been assigned the task of coordinating and updating the southeastern regional plan. For more information contact SEUALG Coordinator & Planner, Amy Peters or Community Planner, Michael Bryant, at 637-5444.

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Plan is non-binding. By this it is meant that jurisdictions are not obligated to perform the mitigation strategies identified by the plan. The full text of the current Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (2003) is available for public review on the SEUALG website at the following address: http://www.seualg.utah.gov/Planning/PDM_Plan.htm.




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