Adams County is currently completing an update to its Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. By identifying hazards and prioritizing actions that reduce their potential impacts, the Plan helps to create a more resilient county. The Plan must be updated every five years in order to stay eligible for certain federal disaster funds in the event of a major emergency event.
Michele Gaylord, Adams County Emergency Manager, and the County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee are the lead people in the County working to update the Plan. They are being assisted by the planning and engineering firm KLJ.
It is important to receive input from county citizens as well. There is a project website that gives basic information about the planning process and provides opportunities to comment for anyone with access to the Internet (adamscountyhazardplan.com/). Those without access to the Internet can call the County Emergency Manager at 701-567-4598 for more information.
One specific way to provide input is to take a short survey that will help the Planning Committee understand concerns and priorities about emergencies in the county. Anyone can take the survey by going to the project website or by accessing the survey directly at www.surveymonkey.com/r/AdamsCountyHazardPlan. For those without access to the Internet, call the County Emergency Manager to obtain a paper copy of the survey.
Another way to provide input is to attend one of the upcoming public meetings that are scheduled for early December. The dates, times, and places are as follows:
• Bucyrus – December 4, 2018, 5:30pm, Dschaak Residence – 504 8th St NW, Bucyrus
• Haynes – December 4, 2018, 7:30pm, Haynes City Hall – 512 Milwaukee Ave, Haynes
• Reeder – December 5, 2018, 7:00pm, Prairie Pioneers Senior Center – 210 Main St, Reeder
• Hettinger / Adams County- Joint Meeting – December 6, 2018 7:00pm, Adams County Courthouse Community Room – 602 Adams Ave, Hettinger
The planning process is on a fast track to be completed by March 2019. After receiving input from citizens by survey and public meetings over the next few weeks, the Planning Committee will meet again in January to consider what action steps can be taken over the next few years to reduce the hazard impacts. There will be opportunity to review the draft plan in early February.