For immediate release
MRPC begins holding meetings to update Washington County hazard mitigation plan
WASHINGTON COUNTY—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is working on updating the hazard mitigation plan for Washington County. The next meeting, which is open to the public, is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the Washington County Courthouse, 102 N. Missouri St., Potosi.
The first Washington County hazard mitigation planning meeting was held on Nov. 29, 2021 at the courthouse. MRPC staff did a presentation on hazard mitigation and the process that the group would be going through to update the Washington County plan. Discussions included explanation that hazard mitigation planning is focused on reducing risk before disasters strike (burying electric lines, elevating homes in the floodplain) and sharing the county must have a current, updated plan to be eligible for some hazard mitigation grants.
The first draft of the revised plan must be submitted to SEMA by Nov. 25, 2022. Jurisdictions within the county, such as cities, the county itself, schools, fire departments and others, are asked to participate in the planning process, complete the questionnaire, review the revised plan and adopt the new plan. It was also discussed that a survey on hazard mitigation would be promoted throughout the county to get public input into the plan. That survey can be found and completed at https://www.meramecregion.org/surveys/.
If you have questions, please contact Tammy Snodgrass at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.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. Steve Vogt, representing the city of Belle, serves as MRPC chairman. A professional staff of 34, led by Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, 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.