Public comment period now open for updated multi-hazard mitigation plan
Now until Jan. 11, 2019 residents are invited to review and submit feedback on Ramsey County's updated multi-hazard mitigation plan.
The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires local governments to update their plan every five years to remain eligible for federal diaster preparedness and relief grants.
Following the public comment period, the draft will be submitted to the state of Minnesota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
About the plan
Ramsey County's multi-hazard mitigation plan covers the cities of Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Gem Lake, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, North Saint Paul, Roseville, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake. It also incorporates the needs of townships, school districts and other stakeholders participating in the plan.
The purpose of the plan is to identify cost-effective and sustainable actions to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural hazards such as tornadoes, flooding, wildfires, blizzards, straight-line winds, ice storms and droughts.
Updates to the plan were made under the direction of Ramsey County Emergency Management in cooperation with other county departments, the University of Minnesota Duluth's Geospatial Analysis Center, cities and townships, school districts and other key stakeholders such as utility providers.
Benefits of planning
By working with local communities to identify vulnerabilities and develop strategies to reduce or eliminate the effects of a potential hazard, we can better protect Ramsey County residents. Increasing public awareness of local hazards also helps to create a community that is resilient to disaster.