Eastland County along with the cities Cisco, Carbon, Eastland, Gorman, Ranger, and Rising Star, will be considering the submission of their FEMA Hazard Mitigation Action Plan at their individual city council/commissioner court meetings in March while encouraging the public for their final input. Independent school districts of Cisco, Gorman, Ranger, Rising Star and Eastland will also be considering submission along with final public input at their March board meetings along with Eastland County WSD.
Please see your local council/commissioner court/ board meeting March agenda for time and place of your public meeting.
The Eastland CO Multi-jurisdictional HAZMAP plan can be found on-line at www.tinyurl.com/EastlandCO. Hard copies of the plan can be found at the fore mentioned city halls, public libraries, county court house, ISD office and Eastland County WSD office.
According to Eastland County Judge Fields, the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Action Plan is a process designed to reduce the loss of life and property during times of hazardous events.
“The plan is being completed through a cooperative effort of officials from Eastland County and the cities of Cisco, Carbon, Eastland, Gorman, Ranger and Rising Star, along with all of their independent school districts and Eastland County Water Supply District, “Judge Fields said. “Once it meets with the approval of all the local governing boards and the public, it will be submitted to the Texas Department of Emergency Management for review and comment then will be given to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for final review.”
All of these participating jurisdictions have been working with Langford Community Management grant consultant, once FEMA funding was acquired, in order to develop a plan to offer practical approaches and examples for how the communities can engage in effective planning to reduce long-term risk from natural hazards and disasters.
Under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires communities to develop a mitigation plan to minimize or eliminate the long term risk to human life and property from known hazards. Mitigation is defined by FEMA as sustained actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects. Hazards that may pose risk and potentially result in disaster include but not limited to drought, flood, hurricane, tornado, and wildfire.
Communities with a FEMA-approved plan are eligible for certain grant funding under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program to fund critical projects such as buyouts and structural elevation of repetitive flood loss structures, drainage projects and hardening critical facilities to minimize future damage from natural disasters that affect the Eastland County planning area.
Initial public meetings were held in April, 2017 in order to assist the Local CORE Planning Team to identify and analyze potential hazards affecting residents and recommend possible actions to reduce their impact throughout Eastland County and the planning area.