Disaster preparedness includes all of the activities that are carried out prior to the advance notice of a catastrophe in order to facilitate the use of available resources, relief, and rehabilitation in the best possible fashion. Disaster preparedness starts at the local community level; if local resources were insufficient, it would branch out to the national level, and if needed, the international level.
Disaster mitigation is the ongoing effort to lessen the impact disasters have on people and property. Fewer people and communities would be affected by natural disasters with the use of this process. Because of the varying degree of each natural disaster, there are different mitigation strategies for each.
Appanoose, Lucas, Monroe and Wayne counties have all received federal grant funding to assist with the preparation of county wide Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plans. The plans allow each county to evaluate what hazards could potentially happen in the region, how the county could better be prepared and what steps could be taken. This is a lengthy process that committee members, communities’ representatives and local elected officials work through to create an inclusive document. It is intended to be a useful guide that will give communities direction to disaster prevention, preparedness, and safety. The plans are over seen by Iowa’s Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). When the plans are federally approved the participating cities and county may be eligible for grant funding to accomplish the outlined goals and strategies that have been identified.
Please find below each counties approved plan to date. This plan is updated every 5 years.