Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Steuben residents asked to fill out hazard mitigation plan survey

BATH – Residents in Steuben County have an opportunity to speak out about local hazardous issues through a 15-minute online survey sponsored by the county Office of Emergency Services. The anonymous 21-question survey is a part of the county Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan update, required every five years by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). County Office of Emergency Services Director Timothy Marshall said his department is now working with municipalities to determine their community needs and how to mitigate, or lessen, the impact of a disaster. "Part of the mitigation plan requirement is to have citizens participate in the process," he said. "We want to know people’s concerns about mitigating disasters and what they think about their personal preparedness measures."
Updated plans are required for municipalities to be eligible for future FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program project funds, Marshall said. The survey, developed by consultant Barton and Loguidice, is located at