Crisp Hazard mitigation will help county better prepare for disasters

Published 12:50 pm Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CORDELE —Crisp County is better prepared for disasters with the recent approval of their local hazard mitigation plan.  The plan is a long-term strategy to reduce the community’s vulnerability to natural disasters. Jurisdictions that adopted this plan include Crisp County, City of Cordele, and City of Arabi.
Adopted plans identify hazards and potential hazards in the communities, and create a framework to help community officials make decisions that may ultimately protect lives and property.
The plan also outlines a strategy for implementing mitigation projects in Crisp County.  Through local mitigation and preparedness projects Crisp County is taking proactive steps to lessen the impact of future disasters and the costly expenses associated with them.  History shows that the physical, financial and emotional losses caused by disasters can be reduced significantly through hazard mitigation planning. The planning process encourages communities to integrate mitigation with day-to-day decision making regarding land-use planning, floodplain management, site design and other activities.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency reviews and approves state, tribal and local hazard mitigation plans, which are required as a condition for states and communities to receive certain types of disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. State mitigation plans must be approved every three years, and local and tribal mitigation plans must be approved at least once every five years.