In 2019, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) is working with the city of St. Louis and the Missouri counties of St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson, and St. Louis to revise and update the St. Louis Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for the next five years, 2020-2025. Your input is an important part of this update process.
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The Plan will present information about natural disasters, levels of risk, and strategies for local governments and school districts to take to reduce the adverse effects of natural hazards including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, severe winter or summer weather, drought, flood, earthquake, dam failure, or wild fire. The goal of the planning process is to identify the key actions and opportunities for each jurisdiction, but implementation of the plan is voluntary. EWG in no way states or implies any liability for success or failure of actions taken (or not taken) under the plan.
Limited federal funding is available to assist communities in advance preparation for some natural disasters, and this funding is only available to communities that have adopted the plan by resolution passed by the local jurisdiction or governing body.
The Plan is being developed on behalf of municipalities, counties, and school districts in Missouri, and will be guided by a working group made up of a representative from each county and a municipal representative from each county, along with a school district representative and a representative of Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD).
Workshops and Public Meetings in Each County
Workshops and public meetings are currently being scheduled for each county and the city of St. Louis. These meetings will provide an overview of the hazard mitigation planning process and invite recommendations from local government officials and citizens to identify priority issues and actions to help reduce risk from future natural disasters.
List of Local Government and School District Workshops
- May 9 — 2-4 p.m., Bellefontaine Recreation Center
- May 14 — 2-4 p.m., EducationPlus
- May 15 — 2-4 p.m., YMCA Carondelet Park Rec Complex
- May 16 — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Harris Community Center
- May 21 — 2-4 p.m., St. Charles County Administration Building
- May 23 — 2-4 p.m., Pacific City Hall
- May 29 — 2-4 p.m., Jefferson County Administration Building
List of Public Open Houses
- May 9 — 5-7 p.m., Bellefontaine Recreation Center
- May 15 — 5-7 p.m., YMCA Carondelet Park Rec Complex
- May 16 — 2-5 p.m., Harris Community Center
- May 21 — 5-7 p.m., St. Charles County Administration Building
- May 23 — 5-7 p.m., Pacific City Hall
- May 29 — 5-7 p.m., Jefferson County Administration Building
What is Hazard Mitigation?
The term “mitigation” means to make less harsh or severe. Hazard mitigation activities are actions that can be taken to protect people and property from natural hazards such as floods, severe storms, and extreme temperatures.
In 2004, EWG developed the first five-year St. Louis Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan in cooperation with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). There is a different planning process used in Illinois, and each county develops its own plan. The 2004 plan was approved by SEMA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the period of 2005-2009. The Plan has since been updated and approved in 2010 (for the years 2010-2015) and 2015 (2015-2020). You can find more information on the most recent plan at the link below:
- Prevent loss of life and minimize injury or illness as a result of natural disaster
- Preserve and maintain property, infrastructure, business, and community vitality
- Encourage future growth that is compatible with strategies to mitigate future natural disasters.
The planning process strives to accomplish the following:
- Foster resilient communities that are prepared for natural disasters
- Reduce or avoid losses as a result of natural disasters
- Identify cost effective actions to reduce risk from natural disasters and a strategy to implement those actions
- Focus resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities
- Provide a coherent plan as a basis for individual community action
- Build partnerships by involving people, organizations, and businesses
- Increase education and awareness of hazards and risk
- Communicate local priorities to state and federal officials
- Align risk reduction with other community objectives
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