Mo-Kan is actively conducting various activities to build a resilient community including land use planning, and disaster recovery.
Natural disasters usually impact people in three main ways: interrupting income, reducing personal assets, and destroying essential public infrastructure. The risk of disaster arises when hazards interact with physical, social, economic, and environmental vulnerabilities.
Inappropriate land use increases the vulnerability of a community. Aiming at enhancing disaster relief and disaster risk reduction ability, maintaining community sustainability, a disaster mitigation and recovery plan through land use planning should be adopted. This plan is developed by Mo-Kan Regional Council, as a result of the federally declaimed disasters in 2008, the Missouri Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program made available disaster recovery funds for long term disaster recovery efforts for Andrew and Buchanan counties in northwest Missouri.
In the past, these two counties suffered primarily from the following natural disasters: flooding, tornados, drought, heat wave, severe winter weather, severe thunderstorm, and wildfire. Nevertheless, communities should also prepare for other disasters e.g. earthquake, landslide, hailstorm, health disasters etc.
Process and Funding:
On March 22, 2011 , Buchanan County Commission (in cooperation with Andrew County) received $89,190 for long-term disaster planning on behalf of Mo-Kan Regional Council. It is pursuant to the authority of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-383) and commonly referred to as the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).
Mo-Kan will provide an additional $4,000 in local match. Additional sources will be leveraged to maximize the efficiency of the limited supplemental funds, including Andrew and Buchanan counties' Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMPs). The HMPs will be used to pull additional resources into the planning activities. Table 1 reflects a combination of cost-share requirements, which is provided by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). By marrying these two efforts, Andrew and Buchanan counties officials believe the final product will be more meaningful and useful.
The grant, originally from Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which follows regualtions at 24 CFR Part 570, the State's FY2010 "Consolidated Plan", the State's FY2009 CDBG Administrative Manual and the State's FY2010 CDBG Program Guidelines. Later, HUD issues the grant to the State of Missouri, Department of Economic Development (DED), where Buchanan County and Andrew County get the financial assistance.
Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Plan:
Xue Wood, Disaster Recovery Planner, developed a plan utilizing CDBG Supplemental Disaster resources. The plan is a long-range policy document based on data analysis and land-use planning theories. It provides the legal, political, and logical rationale behind a community's disaster-management program and ultimately settlement patterns within Andrew and Buchanan County jurisidictions over a twenty- to thirty-year time frame. Read the plan online:
Building a Resilient Community: Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Plan through Land Use Planning
Mo-Kan recently hosted a workshop to get local communities StormReady. National Weather Service and Emergency Management officials described the process for getting communities, small busineses, and other organizations "StormReady".
Mo-Kan also held a one-day workshop about GIS (Geographic Information Systems), land use planning, and disaster recovery. Click below to learn more about each of these programs.