HENRY COUNTY – December 22, 2017 - The Henry County Emergency Management Agency is holding a kickoff meeting for public input on January 10, 2018 to begin the process of updating the Henry County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center located at 526 Industrial Blvd. in McDonough. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about how they can contribute to the plan.

Every five years, Henry County, along with other state and local government entities, is required under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, to submit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) a current Hazard Mitigation Plan for approval. Henry County’s plan, which was last updated in 2013, is up for renewal in the coming year, which is why the Henry County Emergency Management Agency has contracted with the Atlanta-based engineering and consulting firm, Atkins Global, for emergency management consultant services.

A Hazard Mitigation Plan outlines the types of natural and man-made hazards for which a community is most at risk, as well as documents a community’s hazard history. The plan assesses how a community can minimize the effects of those hazards and protect citizens through prevention, resource protection, structural projects, emergency services and public outreach programs.

According to Henry County’s Hazard Mitigation Plans, there are both natural and technological hazards for which Henry County is particularly vulnerable. The natural threats are severe thunderstorms, winter storms, tornadoes, drought, earthquake, hurricanes and tropical storms, flooding and wildfires. Technological threats include hazardous materials releases and dam failures.

In addition to the importance of having a response plan in place to handle emergencies, maintaining a current Hazard Mitigation Plan also helps to ensure funding eligibility.

“By the County maintaining its Hazard Mitigation Plan, it will maintain eligibility for disaster grant funding and bring money back to the community,” said Margaret M. Walton, Project Manager with Atkins Global. “This will ensure that the county maintains disaster preparedness, response and recovery.”

For more information on the kickoff meeting or to reserve a spot, please contact Henry County EMA Specialist Shelita Broomfield at sbroomfield@co.henry.ga.us or call 770-288-7865.