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Input Sought as Work Begins on Updating Regional Hazard Plan

Thursday, July 11, 2019
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The process to update the Eno-Haw Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan has started, and a public meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today, July 11.

The meeting — in Room 230 of the Whitted Human Services Center Complex in Hillsborough — will provide information on the update’s planning process and identified hazards for the Eno-Haw Region, which consists of Orange, Alamance, Durham and Person counties. Feedback from the public will be gathered, and additional opportunities for public involvement will be available.

The community also is encouraged to take a survey on hazard risk and mitigation options to inform the plan’s development. Summaries of the hazards that affect the Eno-Haw Region are available on the Eno-Haw Region website. Draft documents of the plan also will be made available there.

The Eno-Haw Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, last updated in 2015, identifies local policies and actions for reducing risk and losses from natural hazards, such as floods, severe storms, wildfires and winter weather. It builds upon separate hazard mitigation plans initially prepared in each county.

The plan also serves to meet key federal planning regulations, which require local governments to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for hazard mitigation projects. The update is required to maintain eligibility for future pre- and post-disaster funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.