Input sought on mitigation plan

City and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested residents are asked to participate in an online survey about the hazard mitigation needs in Gasconade County. The survey is available at https://www.meramecregion.org/surveys/ and is open until Feb. 1. 

“One of the key components of a hazard mitigation plan is public input during the process,” Environmental Programs Manager Tammy Snodgrass said. “The planning committee comprised of representatives from Gasconade County, the incorporated cities and the public-school districts, will be evaluating information on the hazards that impact each jurisdiction within Gasconade County. The committee is seeking ... input on the hazards that will be evaluated as well as your opinions on the types of activities that should be considered to reduce future impacts.” 

The purpose of the plan is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards. The county must have an approved hazard mitigation plan in order for Gasconade County schools, cities, agencies and others to access state hazard mitigation grant funds. The plan includes an assessment of natural hazards, showcases past accomplishments and sets goals and action items to reduce the impact of natural hazards in the future. Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is updating the plan in partnership with the Gasconade County Commission. Questions may be directed to Snodgrass.

The next public meeting on the Gasconade County Hazard Mitigation Plan will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 26, via Zoom.  Individuals wishing to attend can access the Zoom meeting information at meramecregion.org or by contacting Snodgrass at (573) 265-2993 or via email at tsnodgrass@meramecregion.org.

Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. Gasconade County Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel serves as chairman of the board. A professional staff of 34 offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

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