COG seeks input on hazards

BLYTHEWOOD/FAIRFIELD – 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 Fairfield County and Blythewood.

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.

A virtual public meeting will be held through the offices of Central Midlands Council of Governments on Nov. 1. 2021, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The public may access the plan draft and register for the virtual public meeting by visiting www.cmcog.org and searching for “Press Releases”. A physical copy is also available for review at the offices of the Central Midlands Council of Governments on 236 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC, 29210.

For further information and to provide comments on the draft plan, individuals may attend the virtual public meeting or contact Mr. Guillermo Espinosa at (803) 744-5126 or email him at [email protected] by close of business hours on Nov.1, 2021.

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