Cass County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
Cass County is in the process of completing a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update as the current plan will expire in January of 2014. A County Steering Committee has been identified to lead the planning process and Lake Agassiz Regional Council has been contracted with to facilitate the update. Existing groups and local entities will be contacted throughout the process to provide insight for a future mitigation strategy.
What is Hazard Mitigation?
“Hazard Mitigation” means to permanently reduce or alleviate the losses of life, injuries and property resulting from natural and man-made hazards through long-term strategies. These long-term strategies include planning, policy changes, programs, projects and other activities. Mitigation is the responsibility of individuals, private businesses and industries, state local and federal governments.
What is Required of My Community?
Counties, cities and towns are not mandated by law to have approved mitigation plans; the program is voluntary. Congress indicates; however, that communities which do not have FEMA-approved mitigation plans will not qualify for certain kinds of federal disaster assistance.
Cass County plans to offer a variety of ways to become involved including meetings, personal interviews, surveys, and public comment opportunities via the Cass County EM web page. Some involvement in the planning process as well as formal adoption of the plan will ensure your community is covered under the county plan for future funding opportunities.
How Can I Become More Involved?
Please take a moment to fill out a mitigation survey for your community.
If you would like to become more involved in the planning process or have questions regarding the plan please contact Dave Rogness, Cass County Emergency Manager, at 701.476.4065 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amber Schaan at 701.235.1197 or at email@example.com.