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Sept. 27, 2010

Oswego County Seeks Public Comment on Hazard Mitigation Plan

Oswego County is seeking final comment on its multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan. The public is invited to review the plan at the Oswego County Emergency Management Office on 200 North Second Street in Fulton, and online at oswegocounty.com/emo/hazard.html.

"Public involvement is essential," said Linda Lockwood, District 11, chairwoman of the Oswego County Legislature's Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee. "Their input provides local information to the planners; identifies potential risks and impacts; and helps to develop, evaluate, and prioritize projects."

The deadline for comments on the hazard mitigation plan is Friday, October 8. To leave a comment, call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or e-mail terryb@oswegocounty.com.

The county received a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to establish a county-wide hazard mitigation plan last year. A series of meetings were held across the county to identify hazards, assess risks, and develop mitigation strategies. The plan meets with federal requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.

Several local municipalities and agencies have partnered with the county in the process, as well as the New York State Office of Emergency Management (SOEM) and consultants Barton & Loguidice, P.C.

Participating municipalities include the towns of Albion, Amboy, Boylston, Constantia, Granby, Hannibal, Hastings, Mexico, New Haven, Orwell, Oswego Town, Parish, Redfield, Richland, Sandy Creek, Scriba, Volney, West Monroe, and Williamstown; the cities of Fulton and Oswego; and the villages of Altmar, Central Square, Cleveland, Hannibal, Lacona, Mexico, Parish, Pulaski and Sandy Creek.

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.

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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