Oswego County Completes Update to Hazard Mitigation Plan

OSWEGO COUNTY – The community is invited to review and comment on a draft update to the Oswego County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Flooding on Lake Ontario from May through October 2017 was one of the disasters addressed during the update to the Oswego County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. A public meeting/open house on the plan will be held Wednesday, April 17, in the Legislative Office Building at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

The Oswego County Emergency Management Office will host an open house/public information meeting on April 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Oswego County Legislative Chambers, 4th floor, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

Presentations on the plan will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Oswego County received a federal grant to update the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, formally adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2013.

Jurisdictions that participated in the update remain eligible to apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funding through FEMA for qualified projects.

The purpose of hazard mitigation planning is to reduce property loss, damage to the environment, loss of life, and the number and severity of injuries that result from hazard events.

For the update, Emergency Management Office staff partnered with other county and New York State partners, local municipalities and private agencies to review the natural hazards ranked in the original plan and consider new projects to lessen the effects of disasters.

“This partnership enhances our all-hazards emergency planning and makes us all more resilient,” Oswego County Director of Emergency Management Dale A. Currier said. “This updated plan will continue to guide our efforts to be more proactive and create sustainable and cost-effective mitigation projects.”

“The involvement of local community officials, the public and other stakeholders was essential,” Currier continued. “Their input provided local information to the planners and helped to develop, evaluate, and prioritize projects.”

The plan includes an annex for each participating jurisdiction, including the county, that outlines the risks each community faces and suggests projects for reducing the impacts of those risks.

“The meeting on April 17 will be in an open house format so that people can review the plan and talk with organizers and the consultants from Barton and Loguidice, D.P.C.,” said Terry Bennett, Emergency Services Program Coordinator for the Emergency Management Office. “A brief presentation will be made at both 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., so people can come and go at their convenience.”

The updated plan and appendices can be viewed online at http://www.oswegocounty.com/emo/hazard.html.

The plan may also be viewed at the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, 200 N. Second St., Fulton, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The office is located in the basement of the building.

Comments are welcome either at the public meeting on April 17 or by contacting Bennett at 315/591-9160 or by email at [email protected]
Comments will be accepted until April 24, when the plan will be finalized and sent to New York State and FEMA for approval.