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Upcoming public meetings seek community input on Hazard Mitigation Plan update

Wake County is asking for residents’ insight on how we can enhance emergency readiness and better protect our community against potential risks like floods, storms and other hazards. A public meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28, on the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which Wake County Emergency Management officials are in the process of updating.

Wake County’s Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is used to identify what types of natural (like hurricanes, tornados and severe storms) and human-caused (such as nuclear accidents and hazardous material spills) hazards exist in our area. The plan evaluates their level of seriousness and works toward lessening or preventing potential damage and destruction.

The ideas and experiences of community members are critical components of the plan’s success because they can identify recurring risks and impacts that might not be captured by other tools or research efforts.

“Wake County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan is an essential strategy that empowers our community to stand ready in the face of uncertainty,” said Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Shinica Thomas. “By strategizing with our partners at the municipal, state and federal levels, we ensure that we can make the most of our collective strength when it’s needed most.”

The Feb. 28 public meeting will allow community members to learn more about the project’s goals and timelines and share their thoughts on potential risks and hazards.

About the Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan includes all of Wake County and its incorporated municipalities. The plan was originally developed by a Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee that included representatives from the County, municipalities and other state and federal stakeholders.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan creates a customized strategy unique to our communities that will help minimize the impacts of hazards when they occur. It also provides a framework so that agencies across the region can quickly coordinate their responses to critical situations. Feedback from community members is used to obtain insight at the local level, creating a full picture of what potential hazards are of greatest concern to residents.

The updated plan will take into account the large growth in population and industry that has occurred in Wake County since the plan was last revised in 2020.

Public Meeting Details
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 5:30–7 p.m.
WHERE: Lions Park Community Center Meeting Room
516 Dennis Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27604

A virtual option is also available during registration.

At least two public meetings are slated to take place to discuss the Hazard Mitigation Plan with residents. Stay tuned for further details.

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