If you think there is room for improvement in the way Northampton County and individual municipalities handle hazards—like Hurricane Sandy—you have until April 8 to voice your opinion on the Bi-County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan is a living document communities use to reduce their vulnerability to hazards, like extreme temperatures, hailstorms, windstorms, building collapses, terrorism, nuclear incidents and more.
Northampton County Emergency Management Services and the Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency are asking for public input as they finalize an update to the plan.
According to a Northampton County press release:
"Hazard Mitigation Plans form the foundation for a community’s long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. The plan creates a framework for risk based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property and the economy from future disasters. Further, maintaining this plan via the five year update cycle is a requirement in order for the Counties and their municipalities to maintain eligibility to receive Federal mitigation grant funding."
For more information, visit www.ncem-pa.org and click on the Hazard Mitigation tab. The draft sections of the plan are available on the website for public review and comment. They have also been uploaded to this story for easy access.
The plan is available for public comment through April 8. All comments received by April 8 will be reviewed and considered for incorporation by the Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee.
If you have any questions, or wish to provide input on the plan, contact:
Angel L. Gillette, Hazard Mitigation/Disaster Recover Manager
Northampton County Emergency Management Services
100 Gracedale Avenue
Nazareth, PA 18064
Phone: (610) 746-3194 Ext. 2230
Tanya Hook, Community Outreach Coordinator
Lehigh County Emergency Management
640 W Hamilton St, 8th Floor
Allentown, PA 18101
Phone: (610) 782-4600