2009-10-21 / Other Jenkins News

GEMA approves mitigation plan

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) announced recently the approval of the Jenkins County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan is approved for a period of five years and focuses on developing a strategy to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to its citizens and property from natural hazards.

"I would like to commend Jenkins County and all the participants who took part in the development of the Jenkins County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan," said Charley English, GEMA Director. "With this approval, Jenkins County is now an eligible applicant for hazard mitigation assistance grants to implement activities identified in their plan. These activities will help reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of natural disasters."

Examples of mitigation activities that can be funded through hazard mitigation assistance grants include the purchase or development of warning systems, construction of safe rooms, property acquisition of flood prone structures, storm water management improvements, retrofitting methods such as elevation, relocation, or structural reinforcement, and the development or update of mitigation plans.

The approval of this Hazard Mitigation Plan brings the total number of approved local plans to 143 of the 159 counties in the State. Currently, the approved plans cover approximately 9.1 million people or 96 percent of the states' population.

For more information on Georgia Hazard Mitigation plans or the GEMA, call GEMA toll-free at 1-800-TRY-GEMA or visit www.gema.ga.gov

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