East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) is seeking the public’s help in identifying risks and reducing the impacts to their communities from natural disasters.
EWG is currently revising and updating the St. Louis Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan to cover the next five years, 2020-2025. The Plan presents information about natural disasters, levels of risk, and strategies local governments and school districts can take to reduce the adverse effects of natural hazards, such as tornadoes or floods.
“The St. Louis Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is focused on minimizing the loss of life or property as a result of natural disasters and fostering resilient communities,” said Jennifer Vuitel, environmental and community planning manager at EWG.
The Plan covers the city of St. Louis and the Missouri counties of St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson and St. Louis. Feedback from residents in these areas is an important part of the update process. The public can participate by taking a short online survey at www.surveymonkey/r/hazmitupdate or by attending an upcoming open house in their community:
- May 9 — 5-7 p.m., Bellefontaine Recreation Center
- May 15 — 5-7 p.m., YMCA Carondelet Park Rec Complex
- 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
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).
EWG developed the first five-year St. Louis Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan in cooperation with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency in 2004. There is a different planning process used in Illinois, and each county develops its own plan. The Plan has since been updated and approved in 2010 and 2015.