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County seeks feedback about multi-hazard mitigation plan

Crow Wing County invites public review and feedback on its updated draft of the county's multi-hazard mitigation plan, as required by the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. The multi-jurisdictional plan covers Crow Wing County, including the cities of Baxter, Brainerd, Breezy Point, Crosby, Crosslake, Cuyuna, Deerwood, Emily, Fifty Lakes, Fort Ripley, Garrison, Ironton, Jenkins, Manhattan Beach, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Riverton and Trommald. Screen grab from https://scse.d.umn.edu/crowwing-county-mhmp

Crow Wing County invites public review and feedback on its updated draft of the county's multi-hazard mitigation plan, as required by the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.

Local jurisdictions are required to update the plan every five years to remain eligible for pre-disaster and post-disaster mitigation grant programs.

The plan will be submitted to the state of Minnesota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for review. The plan review and comment period will be open until Dec. 13. A copy is available at https://scse.d.umn.edu/crowwing-county-mhmp.

The multi-jurisdictional plan covers Crow Wing County, including the cities of Baxter, Brainerd, Breezy Point, Crosby, Crosslake, Cuyuna, Deerwood, Emily, Fifty Lakes, Fort Ripley, Garrison, Ironton, Jenkins, Manhattan Beach, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Riverton and Trommald.

The county is vulnerable to a variety of potential natural disasters, which threaten loss of life and property in the county. The plan addresses how to mitigate against hazards such as tornadoes, flooding, wildfires, blizzards, straight-line winds, ice storms and droughts.

The planning team worked to identify cost-effective and sustainable actions to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life or property from natural hazards, a news release stated.

Some examples include improvement of roads and culverts experiencing repetitive flooding;

construction of safe rooms at campgrounds, public parks, mobile home parks or schools to protect lives in the event of tornados or severe wind events; burying power lines that may fail due to heavy snow, ice or wind storms; ensuring timely emergency communication to the public through warning sirens and mass notification systems, and conducting public awareness and education campaigns to help people be prepared to take safe action before, during or following a hazard event.

For more information, contact Crow Wing County Emergency Management Director John Bowen at 218-825-3445 or john.bowen@crowwing.us.

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