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North Carolina County Includes Community in Mitigation Plan Development, Discovers Partnership

Catawba County, N.C., held public meetings to garner citizen feedback for its new hazard mitigation plan and in the process developed a new public-private partnership.

by / August 6, 2009

To include its citizens in developing a new hazard mitigation plan, Catawba County, N.C., held public meetings to get feedback and ideas from its community. Some of the information that came from meetings involved the development of a new public-private partnership and learning about citizen efforts involving Community Emergency Response Teams.

"Obviously we don't have all the information that we need. Citizens live there - they know what the hazards are," said Mary George, assistant planning director of Catawba County.

The county developed a connection with the Contingency Planning Association of the Carolinas (CPAC), which is a professional peer group that shares information, education and resources in contingency planning in North and South Carolina, according to its Web site. A CPAC representative attended the meeting to develop a relationship with the county.

Go to Emergency Management magazine's Web site for more information about Catawba County's mitigation planning meetings.

 

Elaine Rundle Staff Writer