October 17, 2018

Heard County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan PDMPC Meeting

(Franklin, GA) — The Local Governments of Heard County are pleased to announce the creation of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Planning Committee (PDMPC).

The Committee is working in cooperation with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Plans & More, LLP Consulting Team to develop a Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan (PDMP) for Heard County and the Cities of Centralhatchee, Ephesus, and Franklin.

Our local communities received a GEMA PDM Grant and are providing local match resources to fund the planning process.

The Hazard Mitigation, Risk Assessment and Vulnerability (HRV) meeting and workshop to begin updating the Heard County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan (PDMP) is set for February 23, 2016, 3:00 P.M. at the County Fire & Emergency Services Building, located at 11816 Highway 100, Franklin, Georgia 30217.

The meeting will begin at 3:00 P.M. in the facility Training Room. It is open to the public. Chief Steve Wirth, Emergency Management Director, states that Heard County is required to update its plan every five years to maintain eligibility for federal funds used to prepare for disasters and emergencies.

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan assists the county in preparing for hazard events including natural and technological occurrences.

The Plan is designed to address community vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards and serve to reduce critical facility, community services, residential and commercial losses from hazardous events before they occur.

The most significant areas of concern for our communities are determined. During development of the plan, community leaders will identify goals and actions to reduce the impacts of these hazards.

The plan is also a useful tool for leveraging additional sources of funding in the event of a disaster.

The Committee invites participation from regional and local businesses, agencies, entities, and citizens.

The plan requires community input and involvement. Please contact Heard County Fire & Emergency Services at: (706) 675-6186, to serve on the Committee. 

Visit the Heard County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan website for further information about the project.

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