The staff of the Central Midlands Council of Governments seeks public comment and input on the 2021 update of the natural hazard risk assessment and mitigation plan for the Central Midlands region, which encompasses jurisdictions within the counties of Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland. The purpose of this plan update is to meet the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 by helping local governments in the region to be more prepared and resilient to the impacts of natural hazards, such as wildfires and floods. The plan details the nature of the most significant natural hazards threatening the region, and contains hazard mitigation goals and strategies that address the natural hazard priorities of participating local governments. After public comments are addressed, local governments may choose to pass a resolution to adopt the updated regional plan, making them eligible for FEMA hazard mitigation grants. It will also involve said local governments in more detailed record keeping on the occurrence and cost of natural hazard events as well as a process to update and revise the plan periodically. This plan does not provide funding to address non-natural hazard events such as chemical spills, or terrorism.
A virtual public meeting will be held through the offices of Central Midlands Council of Governments on November 1st 2021 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Interested parties may register in advance to attend the meeting, learn more about the plan, and provide comments. To access a copy of the draft plan and register for the public meeting please see the following pages: