Natural hazards – such as tornadoes, snowstorms and drought – are likely to happen in the Mo-Kan region. While nothing can be done to stop them, communities can take steps to minimize injuries and property damage.
Hazard mitigation planning is the process authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Communities identify the hazards that present the greatest threats, assess their risks and vulnerabilities, then develop a strategy with goals to mitigate the potential effects.
In 2010, Mo-Kan worked with community leaders in Andrew and Buchanan counties to update the hazard mitigation plans. These drafts have been approved by the State Emergency Management Agency and are being reviewed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
DeKalb County completed its first hazard mitigation plan in May 2011. It is currently being reviewed by SEMA. Clinton County has begun updating its plan, with Mo-Kan conducting committee meetings and public information events throughout the year.
Each county, city, village and school district that participates in creating the plan becomes eligible to apply for grants for hazard mitigation projects.
Completed and In-Progress Hazard Mitigation Plans:
- Andrew County Draft Plan (2010)
- Buchanan County Draft Plan (2010)
- DeKalb County Draft Plan (2011)
- Clinton County Plan (2012)
- DeKalb County Hazard Mitigation Draft Plan (12.8mb pdf)
This 398-page draft document is provided as an example of a Hazard Mitigation Plan and associated documentation.
- Clinton County Hazard Mitigation Plan (7.2mb pdf)
This is a copy of the completed Clinton County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The document is approved by FEMA pending adoption.