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April 9, 2010

Public Invited to Comment on County Hazard Mitigation Plan

Oswego County unveils the final draft of its multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan on April 21. The year-long project involved many local municipalities and agencies. Pictured are Ronald Raymond of the New York State Emergency Management Office and John Condino of Barton and Loguidice, P.C. at an earlier meeting in Pulaski.


Oswego County unveils the final draft of its multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan on Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. The presentation takes place at SUNY Oswego's Rich Hall on Sheldon Avenue in Oswego.

The public is invited to look over the plan before the final presentation. Copies are available for viewing at the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 200 N. Second St. in Fulton, and online at www.oswegocounty.com/emo/hazard.html#schedule.

The county partnered with many local municipalities and agencies to establish a comprehensive plan after receiving a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant last year. Additional collaborative partners include the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and consultants Barton and Loguidice, P.C.

"This collaboration demonstrates the commitment of the county and participating municipalities to hazard assessment and risk-reduction," said Linda Lockwood, District 11, chairwoman of the Oswego County Legislature's Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee. "We worked together to create a detailed plan which addresses a variety of potential hazards that could affect our residents."

To facilitate the planning process, the county was divided into three geographic areas. The northern work group includes the towns of Albion, Boylston, Orwell, Redfield, Richland, Sandy Creek and Williamstown along with the villages of Altmar, Lacona, Pulaski and Sandy Creek. The central work group consists of the towns of Amboy, Constantia, Hastings, Mexico, New Haven, Parish and West Monroe as well as the villages of Central Square, Cleveland, Mexico and Parish. The southern work group includes the towns of Granby, Hannibal, Oswego, Scriba and Volney along with the village of Hannibal and the cities of Fulton and Oswego.

"Hazard mitigation planning is the process of determining how to reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property damage from natural or man-made hazards," said Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office. "This plan will guide our efforts to be more proactive and create sustainable and cost-effective mitigation projects. It will also allow us to seek mitigation funding in the future."

The Oswego County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan meets the federal requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. One of the FEMA requirements was county-wide participation in the planning process.

"The involvement of officials, the public and other stakeholders was essential," said Terry Bennett, emergency services program coordinator with the Oswego County Emergency Management Office. "Their input provided local information to the planners; identified potential risks and impacts; and helped to develop, evaluate, and prioritize projects."

The Oswego County Legislature's Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee oversees the Emergency Management Office. In addition to Legislator Lockwood, the committee includes Vice Chairman Kevin Gardner, District 13; and legislators Mary Flett, District 17; Margaret Kastler, District 1; John J. Martino, District 6; Morris Sorbello, District 23; and Amy Tresidder, District 16.

For more information, please call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 315-591-9150.


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