Hardin County, Iowa is at risk to a wide range of natural and manmade hazards. Some examples include tornadoes, floods, winter storms, dam failures, chemical releases, agricultural disease, and more. In response to these risks, the Hardin County Iowa Emergency Management Commission, in collaboration with JEO Consulting Group, Inc., seeks to better understand how these hazardous events impact the area in order to increase community resilience. To that end, Hardin County Emergency Management updated its multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) in 2023, with the goal of reducing risk to hazards before they happen.
A hazard mitigation plan is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to hazards and mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate this vulnerability. Having an approved and updated plan enables your community to be stronger and more resilient by:
Reducing your community’s risk and impacts from disasters,
Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and
Building partnerships within your community and across Hardin County.
Residents, communities, schools, fire departments, hospitals, and more from Hardin County were invited to participate in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.
For more information about Hardin County Emergency Management, please visit their website here.