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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Public Review of Lawrence County's Hazard Mitigation Plan April 19th at City Concourse

LAWRENCE COUNTY - MARCH 22, 2023 - The Federal Government in particular FEMA requires local officials to do a Hazard Mitigation Plan every 3-5 years.

Photo: A truck carrying explosives required a temporary evacuation of the area around Indiana State Road 37 and Indiana State Road 60 West in Mitchell

Several agencies have been working on strategies to lessen or prevent the impact of disasters on Lawrence County.

Disasters are serious disruptions to the functioning of a community that exceeds its ability to cope using it own resources.

Disasters can be caused by natural, man-made, and technological hazards, as well as various factors that influence the exposure and vulnerability to a community.

Photo: A gas leak after a building collapse in Mitchell required an evacuation of Mitchell residents for several blocks and closed buisinesses for the day last year

This meeting we will review the top disasters that are expected to affect Lawrence County and steps to lessen them.

Photo: Flooding along Indiana State Road 58 required evacuation of one residence near Heltonville Indiana

April 19th at 7 p.m. at the City Concourse.1402 H Street. The meeting will last approximately one hour.

Photo: Several departments respond to a wildland fire near Huron that required several resources

Lawrence County Emergency Management Director Valarie Luchauer told the Lawrence County Zephyr that numerous agencies, county officials, City of Bedford, Mitchell, Town of Oolitic, local volunteer fire department first responders, health care officials, Monroe County Emergency Management, and many more are just a few agencies represented in drafting the Mitigation Plan.

Photo: Daily deliveries of anhydrous ammonia are delivered to the Lehigh Plant in Mitchell, Indiana. Local responders must be able to respond to any emergency and have be able to mitigate any incident at the facility.

The meeting is only expected to last approximately one hour and the public will be allowed to make comments and suggestions at the meeting.

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Paid by the committee to elect Dan Bortner Bedford City Council At-Large seat

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