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Mitigation Planning Clinics to be Held

 

January 5, 2005

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE — The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will sponsor “Mitigation Clinics” in Machias and Calais on January 12 and 13, 2005, to initiate the development of a Hazard Mitigation Plan for Washington County.

Hazard mitigation means reducing the risks from disasters, particularly natural disasters. “The development of a federally approved Hazard Mitigation Plan will allow Washington County communities to be eligible for future mitigation grants,” said Maine Emergency Management Agency Director Art Cleaves. “Washington County towns have received mitigation grants in the past, such as after the ’98 Ice Storm, but federal rules now require an approved Mitigation plan in order to receive such grants.”

Typical hazard mitigation measures include better design and construction of roads, bridges and culverts, storm water management, or relocation of properties at risk from disasters. The planning process in Washington County will assess the risks from natural hazards, and establish priorities for reducing or eliminating the effects of those hazards in the county.

Residents, businesses, non-profit groups and municipalities with knowledge of past disaster events and areas of repetitive storm-related damage are encouraged to attend the clinic, to participate as members of a Hazard Mitigation Planning Team and to provide information for the Plan. “The involvement of the public is key in the planning process,” Cleaves said. “It is vital to making the Plan work. We need the local knowledge that residents have about the history of disasters in the County, and the local expertise to consider how best to reduce risk.”

The Mitigation Clinics are co-sponsored by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Attendees will participate in active discussions of Washington County’s disaster history and recommended actions to reduce risk.

To accommodate work schedules and weather, there will be separate afternoon and evening sessions in both Machias and Calais:

Machias:
January 12, 2005
University of Maine at Machias, Torrey Hall, Room #28
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm AND 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Calais:
January 13, 2005
Washington County Community College, Assembly Room
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm AND 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

To assure an accurate count for materials and refreshments, those planning to attend are asked to contact Paul Thompson, Washington County Emergency Management (255-3931) or Joanne Mooney, MEMA (800-452-8735).

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