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Dorchester County Encourages Residents to Review The Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan

Post Date:02/05/2020 3:00 PM

Since June of 2018, county and municipal officials have been reviewing and updating the Dorchester County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The update process involves analyzing risk and vulnerability to natural hazards and identifying a strategy to lessen or eliminate their impacts. These strategies are translated into action plans for each participating jurisdiction.

Public participation in the planning process is imperative for the County, municipalities and other stakeholders to identify and prioritize actions to lessen the impacts of future disasters. In September 2019 a survey was made publicly available to collect input from county residents and business owners regarding hazards in their area, their level of preparedness, and the kind of mitigation projects they’d like to see performed in their area. Survey results were reviewed and incorporated in the 2020 HMP draft.

The draft 2020 plan is now available for public review on this website. Public comments in reference to the plan should be submitted in writing to the Dorchester County Emergency Management Department at emd@dorchestercountysc.gov by March 30, 2020.

In May 2020, the plan will be submitted to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division for review and then to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for review and final approval.  The current 2015 HMP expires on October 27, 2020.

For questions regarding the HMP, residents are asked to contact the Dorchester County Emergency Management Department at (843) 563/832-0341.

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