Hardin County EMA Hosting Meeting to Review Mitigation Plan

On Thursday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m., the Hardin County EMA will host the annual review of the Hardin County Mitigation Plan in Vets’ Hall at the Hardin County Court House at 1 Courthouse Square in Kenton.

We ask that you and additional representatives of your jurisdiction attend one of these sessions.

This review is part of the Hardin County EMA efforts to help residents, businesses, and jurisdictions limit costs due to disaster and storm damage. Mitigation planning is the cornerstone of grant eligibility to support infrastructure improvements and protect property.

Grant programs can be used to repair and replace water collection, treatment or distribution systems; to replace streets, roads, bridges, and berms; to create runoff detention and management systems; to acquire and demolish repetitive flood-prone properties; and a wide variety of other means and methods to sustain your community.

Data developed by FEMA in 2017 shows that for every dollar spent in mitigating damages, six to nine dollars are saved in response and recovery. Through the Robert T. Stafford Act, FEMA has made numerous grant programs available to implement mitigation projects.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation programs were funded at $250 Million in 2019, and Flood Mitigation Assistance provided $160 Million.

Ohio counties were also eligible to apply for two cycles of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds that were equal to 15% of the cost attributed to floods in SE Ohio in February 2019 and tornadoes in the Dayton area on Memorial Day. Only counties with federally approved hazard mitigation plans were eligible to
apply.

A new program, set to be released in 2020, is intended to fund deteriorating or insufficient infrastructure to lessen flooding and other local impact. This program is anticipated to result in $300-500 Million per year distributed to local communities.

The local share for hazard mitigation grant projects ranges from 0% for impoverished communities to a maximum of 25%. In many cases, local work efforts by jurisdictions can be used to meet that match, avoiding large outlays of cash to implement projects.

All cities, villages, and townships are asked to attend this review. We ask that you invite other key officials from your community as well. Ideally, a group of jurisdiction officials will include representation from utilities, streets and highways, emergency services, and administration. We are asking you to
assemble a team from your jurisdiction to attend the review. This review is open to the public; local
residents are encouraged to attend as well.

Please call the Hardin County EMA to indicate your intentions to attend and provide the number of attendees from your jurisdiction at 419-674-2276 or email hardinema@hardinsheriff.com.