The frequency of and damages caused by severe storms and other natural and man-made hazards in White County will be discussed when the White County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee meets at the Floral Hall, White County Fairgrounds, Carmi, at 6 pm. on Monday, December 11.
This Committee, comprised of County, township, municipal, education, and fire protection district representatives, as well as technical partners and other stakeholders, will meet over the next several months to update the White County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.
All Committee meetings are open to the public.
“The goal of this Committee Meeting is to identify how often severe weather events occur within the County and what kinds of damages have resulted. Based on this information we will begin to compile lists of activities and projects to reduce damages caused by these events,” said White County Emergency Management Agency Director, Jim Bolin.
The focus of this effort is on natural hazards — severe thunderstorms with damaging winds or hail, tornadoes, snow and ice storms, floods, drought, and excessive heat. Interested persons can provide input at these meetings or submit their comments and
questions to their appropriate representatives.
Participants to date include the County, Carmi, Carmi Township, Crossville, Enfield, Grayville, Hawthorne Township, Heralds Prairie Township, Little Wabash Fire Protection District, Norris City Fire Protection District, Norris City, Norris City-Omaha-Enfield CUSD
#3, and Phillips Township. Jurisdictions who have yet to participate in a committee meeting are especially encouraged to attend.
“This Plan will be our best resource for determining how to prepare for storms and other natural and man-made hazards. After the Plan is updated, comprehensive information will be available in one document to help guide those who are making decisions about
how to better protect White County residents,” added Bolin.