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NCICG to host meetings for hazard mitigation plan

North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG), a regional planning agency that provides administrative assistance to local governments, will host public kick-off meetings at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the EMA Building, 1120 Old Highway 26, in Hennepin and at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Bureau County Courthouse in Princeton to discuss updating the multi-jurisdictional natural hazard mitigation plan (NHMP) for Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark Counties. The public is invited to attend to learn about the process and purpose of the plan.

In order for a county or municipality to receive federal funding for pre-disaster mitigation funds, the county must have an adopted and approved Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP). The purpose of a NHMP is to identify the types of natural hazards that impact a jurisdiction, to assess each jurisdiction’s vulnerability to those hazards, and to formulate mitigation strategies that will lessen the severity of natural disasters by protecting human life and property. Every five years, plans must be reviewed and updated to remain active.

For more information about the Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark counties Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan 2014, contact NCICG at 815-433-5830 or visit www.ncicg.org.

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