Public Comment on Hazard Mitigation Plan

Posted on April 29, 2014

Erie County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) invites public comment on Hazard Mitigation Plan.


Erie County Emergency Management Agency is currently updating the Erie County, Ohio Hazard Mitigation Plan – 2005 version, to remain compliant with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, according to Tim G. Jonovich, Director of Erie County Emergency Management and Office of Homeland Security.  “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,” said Mr. Jonovich.  “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.”  Although natural hazards and weather-related events will continue to happen, the planning process can help local communities lessen the impact of such events.  “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,” he added.


Erie County EMA is inviting PUBLIC PARTICIPATION in the planning process by providing an opportunity to review the current approved plan and to submit written comments.   The public can view the old plan online at the Erie County Emergency Management's website at http://www.eriecounty.oh.gov/departments-and-agencies/health-and-safety/emergency-management/.  A download of Adobe Acrobat Reader might first be required to view the documents.   “I appreciate the support of several county offices, political subdivisions, businesses and Friends of Pipe Creek partnering with our agency to make the plan available for public comment,” said Tim Jonovich.  “Key community leaders have been involved in the review process.  Collaboration is always a very important part of the emergency management planning process”.


COMMENTS:  A printable PDF Comment Form is included on the Erie County Ohio Emergency Management Agency webpage.  To comment, you may download, complete and fax or e-mail the form to Erie County EMA.  You may also review a copy of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan 2005 by appointment, or you may request a Comment Form in person at the Emergency Management Agency Office located at 2900 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870.  Call, e-mail or fax the agency for an appointment or form.


To learn more, contact Erie County (Ohio) Emergency Management Agency at 419-627-7617 or by fax at 419-627-8108 or by E-mail at ema@eriecounty.oh.gov