Central Iowa is at risk to a wide range of natural, manmade, and technological hazards. Some examples include tornadoes, floods, winter storms, dam failures, chemical releases, agricultural disease, and more. In response to these risks, the Warren County Iowa Emergency Management Commission (WCIA) in collaboration with JEO Consulting Group, Inc., is seeking to better understand how these hazardous events impact central Iowans in order to increase community resilience. To that end, WCIA will be updating their multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) over the next year, with the goal of reducing risk to hazards before they happen to communities in the WCIA.
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 the WCIA.
Residents, communities, schools, fire departments, hospitals, and more from Warren County are invited to participate in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.