Press Release on County Mitigation Planning

2011 County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Approved by FEMA

The Fairfield County Emergency Management Agency received notification on October 21, 2011 from Steven Ferryman, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Ohio Emergency Management Agency, that FEMA officials have approved the May 10, 2011 draft of a new County Mitigation Plan.
The remaining and final step in FEMA’S approval process is the adoption of the plan by the participating jurisdictions. Adoption of the plan by the jurisdictions is essential in order for them to be eligible for future federal mitigation grant funds.

The participating jurisdictions are listed below:
County Commissioners                City of Lancaster          City of Pickerington                  Village of Amanda           
Village of Baltimore        Village of Bremen        Village of Carroll          Village of Lithopolis         
Village of Millersport       Village of Pleasantville   Village of Rushville                Village of Stoutsville        
Village of Sugar Grove                Village of Thurston       Village of West Rushville  

Note: Townships are covered under County Commissioners. The jurisdictions have been advised for FEMA’s approval and have been requested to provide a copy of their official adoption to the County EMA office by December 31, 2011.

County Mitigation Plan Update - October 1, 2011

This update is being provided for the participating jurisdictions leadership and the citizens of the county regarding the progress on our efforts to have our new plan’s approval. 
The County’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan draft that was completed on May 10, 2011 has been reviewed and approved by Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s Mitigation personnel and has been forwarded to FEMA Region IV in Chicago for final review and approval.
The current County Mitigation Plan will expire on November 6, 2011 and without an approved County Plan in force Fairfield County would not be able to participate in various mitigation grants that could become available.

Upon approval of the plan by FEMA the participating jurisdictions (cities and villages) will be requested to formally adopt the plan and thereby be covered by the plan and eligible for grants and/or other mitigation programs that may be offered by FEMA.

2011 County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan
Update – May 23, 2011

The draft copy of the 2011 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan was reviewed by the Hazards Mitigation Branch of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and returned with comments recommending certain corrections and additions. The changes recommended by OH EMA changes were made and on May 6, 2011 the corrected plan was returned to OH EMA for further review.

On May 19, 2011 OH EMA Mitigation Branch informed the Fairfield County Emergency Management office that they had approved the plan and had forwarded it to FEMA Region Five in Chicago for FEMA’s review and approval.

The EMA staff wishes to thank the CORE Planning Group and the many county, city and village officials that assisted with the development of the 2011 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.

2011 County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Update – May 13, 2011

The draft copy of the 2011 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan has been reviewed by the Hazards Mitigation Branch of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.  The draft plan was returned to Fairfield County Emergency Management on April 24th with comments recommending certain  corrections and additions.

With the help and support of several agencies the requested corrections and several additions were made to the draft plan and the plan was then returned to OH EMA on May 5th  for further review.  If the changes made to the draft plan are approved by OH EMA personnel the plan will then be forwarded to FEMA for their review.

The plan must be reviewed and approved by FEMA’s Mitigation personnel before it will be effective. The current County Mitigation Plan which will expire November 7, 2011.

MITIGATION PLANNING UPDATE - January 12, 2011

The planning continues on the 2011 County Multi-Hazards Mitigation Plan. With the help of the CORE Planning Group members, County and State Agencies, many other organizations and individuals and the public the work on the new plan progresses.

The County EMA personnel has met with the participating jurisdictions, often several times, to explain the requirements for the new plan that will replace the current plan which will expire on November 6, 2011. The Mayor and other officials of the jurisdictions completed a Community Hazard Analysis and identified mitigation goals and activities.
The CORE Group will; meet again on January 27th to review the draft of the plan and offer suggestions and corrections in order to complete the draft. Plans are to forward a completed draft to OH EMA in early February for this review and comments. When they are satisfied the plan will be set to FEMA for their review and approval.

Mitigation Planning Update - September 7, 2010

The Fairfield County Mitigation Grant was approved and funded by FEMA effective August 15, 2010. Activities to update the existing County Mitigation Plan that will soon expire can now be scheduled.

A CORE planning group of persons from county and city agencies, boards, elected officials and others has been appointed to help with the development of a new mitigation plan.  Most of these people were members of the 2003 Group that helped create the current plan and have again offered their services and expertise with the updating of that plan.

This county-wide plan addresses the County, the Cities and Villages within Fairfield County. Townships are addressed under the County portion of the plan. Important to the planning is the involvement of the officials of the participating jurisdictions and the public. Impute from these parties regarding the natural hazards and risk assessments that affect their jurisdictions is essential in order to get a true presentation of their communities.

The CORE Planning Group will schedule public meetings and as well as meetings with the jurisdiction’s officials in order to review the existing mitigation plan and determine what updates are necessary.

A MITIGATION PLANNING (August 2010)

The Fairfield County Mitigation Grant was approved and funded by FEMA effective August 15, 2010.  The CORE planning group of persons from county and city agencies, boards, elected officials and others has been re-appointed to help with the development of a new mitigation plan. Most of these people were members of the 2003 Group that helped create the current plan and have again offered their services and expertise with the updating of that plan.

This county-wide plan will address the County, the Cities and Villages within Fairfield County. Townships are addressed under the County portion of the plan. Important to the planning is the involvement of the officials of the participating jurisdictions and the public. Impute from these parties regarding the natural hazards and risk assessments that affect their jurisdictions is essential in order to get a true presentation of their communities.

A MITIGATION PLANNING (June, 2010)

Fairfield County, along with several other Ohio Counties, has a Mitigation Plan that will soon expire.  A CORE group of individuals from various agencies and organizations has been formed and is prepared to start work on the new plan.  An application for a FEMA grant to fund the rewrite of the Fairfield County Mitigation Plan was completed in July of 2009. The grant has been approved by FEMA Region Four in Chicago.

UPDATE: According to the National Emergency Management Association, the supplemental funding for the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) has cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee but awaits action on the Senate floor and then Conference Committee with the House. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill by Memorial Day, but estimates of action by the Conference Committee range from July 4 to August. FEMA is projecting that the funds in the DRF will be entirely depleted in June.

So hopefully in August we should be able to start on the new Mitigation Plan for 2011.

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NEW COUNTY 2011 MITIGATION PLAN - OVERALL PROGRESS

July 2010
Applied for Mitigation Planning Grant
Appointed CORE Planning Group

August - September 2010
Grant was Approved by FEMA
Training for CORE Group
Notices to Villages and Cities
Public Information Notices

October 2010
CORE Group Meeting
OH EMA Mitigation Branch briefing
Identification of Natural Hazards
Review of FEMA's Cost-Benefit Program
Review of National Flood Insurance Program Individual meetings among the Planners

November 2010
CORE Group Meeting
Discussion of Statistics Researched
Information from County Agencies
Started first draft

December 2010
Meetings with Participating Jurisdictions Class I Dam Owner Meeting Road and Highways Meeting Conservancy Districts Meeting

January 2011
CORE Group Meeting
Review of Jurisdictional activities
Reports from sub-groups
Review and Discussion of 1st Draft

February - May 2011
2/15  Draft Mitigation Plan to OH EMA
4/12  Draft back from OH EMA for Corrections
5/6   Corrected Draft back to OH EMA