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Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

Attend the final meeting of the 2015 Sangamon County Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Task Force will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Sangamon County Board Chamber, 200 S. 9th Street, Springfield, IL.

The meeting is a public hearing to take comments on the 2015 Draft Sangamon County Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.  All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

 

2015 Plan Update: The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission (SSCRPC) has been awarded a Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant in the amount of $46,211 from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). This grant will be used to update a plan developed by the SSCRPC in 2008 which made participating local communities eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding through 2013. The purpose of this plan is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters by identifying mitigation measures that can be implemented prior to a disaster. Public participation is strongly encouraged.

The mission of the Sangamon County Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Task Force is to reduce the impact of natural hazards on citizens, infrastructure, private property, and critical facilities through a combined effort of communities, institutions, and citizenry to develop a mitigation action plan that will be adopted and implemented by each participating community

The Plan addresses several natural hazards: tornados, floods, winter storms, thunderstorms/lightning, earthquakes, extreme heat, dam failure, drought, and mine subsidence. For each community, the history and likelihood of future occurrence of each hazard have been examined and compared against each community’s vulnerabilities—the overall built environment and future development areas, paying particular attention to critical facilities in each community.

Communities look to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens. Related to natural hazard events this has traditionally meant responding to the needs of the community after an event occurs. Mitigation looks to reduce the need for response by permanently removing people and structures from harms way when a known area of impact can be identified (such as a floodplain) or significantly reducing the impact from a known risk (such as a tornado). This Plan provides an assessment of the risks to Sangamon County from natural hazard events and a comprehensive range of mitigation projects to lessen the impact of these hazards on our communities. With the availability of mitigation grant funding from the Federal Government, communities have the opportunity to implement mitigation projects that would not otherwise be financially possible. The preparation of this plan follows the guidelines to make participating communities eligible to apply for mitigation grant funding.

 

The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission worked with Sangamon County and all interested communities in the county to prepare a natural hazards mitigation plan. The following communities were invited to participate:

Sangamon County*

Auburn*

Grandview

Riverton

Berlin

Illiopolis

Rochester*

Buffalo*

Jerome*

Sherman*

Cantrall*

Leland Grove*

Southern View*

Chatham*

Loami

Spaulding

Clear Lake

Mechanicsburg*

Springfield*

Curran

New Berlin*

Thayer

Dawson

Pawnee*

Virden

Divernon*

Pleasant Plains

Williamsville*

* Communities that participated are listed in bold type.