BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) -- Chemung County Emergency Management Officials are currently working to update the "Hazard Mitigation Action Plan" -- all in an effort to address natural hazards which affect the area. The plan is renewed every 5 years with the help of all towns and municipalities.
Officials say the county and participating jurisdictions have secured the services of H-2-O Partners, Inc to help prepare the Plan and assist in the planning process. Some of the things they examine include land use, flood mitigation, evacuation and response, building codes and capital improvement plans.
"Mitigation is trying to decrease the risk and damage from disasters before they occur. So the hazard mitigation plan is taking a look at natural hazards and figuring out ways that we can reduce the possibility of damage in the future," says Kristin Card, Deputy Director for Chemung County Fire and Emergency Management.
The draft plan is expected to be completed by January and will then go to review from the municipalities. The public will then have a chance to weigh in on that draft plan. A final Hazard Mitigation Action Plan is expected to be completed and adopted by sometime next spring.