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Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan



Polk County, IA –– The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Polk County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update before it is finalized.  The plan includes an updated strategy to reduce damage and losses caused by hazard events. The final draft of the plan will be available online and in hard-copy at select public locations in Polk County from March 18-31, 2014.  The purpose is to provide information to the public on the Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update as well as gain public input.

Taxpayers pay billions of dollars each year for disaster recovery. Some events are predictable, and often, damages can be reduced or eliminated. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires communities to develop an approved local hazard mitigation plan to remain eligible for certain federal funding.

The Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator, Mr. AJ Mumm, invited representatives from County departments, the incorporated cities, and public school districts to work together to develop this plan.  The planning committee addressed 20  hazards—ranging from flooding and tornadoes to hazardous materials and severe winter storms—and considered the impacts of these events on local communities.  Based on the results of a risk assessment of the hazards, committee members suggested ways for their jurisdictions to reduce damages caused by the various hazards.  The committee consulted with AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. to assist with the plan development and ensure that the final plan meets federal regulations.

The planning committee would like input from the public on the strategy being developed to lessen impacts of future disasters on people and property in Polk County. The Plan will be sent to the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (IA HSEMD) and FEMA after this public comment period. Public comments will be considered by the Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee and incorporated into the plan, as appropriate.


           Local Governments Data Collection Guide.

           School District Data Collection Guide.

           Soft Match Form.

           Public Survey Press Release.

           Public Survey Hard Copies.

           Polk County Planning Committee Seeks Public Input-Press Release

           Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Summary 2009

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Des Moines, IA 50314
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