Project Purpose

Marion County, Iowa has experienced the impacts from a wide variety of natural and manmade hazards such as tornadoes or high winds, floods, winter storms, chemical releases, agricultural disease, and more. The Marion County Emergency Management Agency has hired JEO Consulting Group to assist in the update of their county-wide Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The HMP seeks to understand how these hazardous events impact the area in order to identify specific strategies to increase community resilience. 

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:

  1. Reducing your community’s risk and impacts from disasters,

  2. Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and

  3. Building partnerships within your community and across Dallas County.

Residents, communities, schools, fire departments, hospitals, and other jurisdictions across Marion County are invited to participate in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.

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Planning Process and Meetings

The planning process to update the HMP includes several public meetings for participants and interested stakeholders to learn about the plan and provide input.

Kick-off Meeting

The project Kick-off Meeting was held September 19, 2022 at 1:00pm in Knoxville. Representatives from the County Planning Team gathered to discuss the overall  scope of the project, roles and responsibilities of the plan participants, general project schedule, and preliminary data for plan development. A copy of the meeting minutes with a full description of information discussed as well as the presentation slides are available below. 

 

Round 1 Meetings

The first meeting or Round 1 Meetings was scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd, 2022. Two meetings were held which covered the same information to allow participants to attend a meeting that best suits their schedule.  The purpose of Round 1 meetings is to review and update key demographic information; evaluate local planning mechanisms which integrate or support hazard mitigation concepts; evaluate and describe critical facilities and infrastructure for each jurisdictions; and discuss local capabilities and vulnerabilities. Meeting information is below: 

Round 1 Meetings Schedule

  • Morning Meeting -  Thursday, November 3rd at 9:00am @ Marion County Public Health Department, 2003 N Lincoln St, Knoxville IA 50138
  • Evening Meeting – Thursday, November 3rd at 5:30pm @ Marion County Public Health Department, 2003 N Lincoln St, Knoxville IA 50138

 

A copy of the meeting materials, the presentation slides, and a recording of the meeting are available below. 

Round 2 Meetings

Round 2 meetings will be held in early 2023. The key purpose of Round 2 meetings is to identify top hazards of concern, and subsequently update and identify mitigation strategies to address those hazards. 

 

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Download the Past Plan

The currently effective 2016 Marion County Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for download below. 

Marion County Review

Marion County Upfront

Marion County Participant Sections

Marion County Procedural Appendices

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