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2016 Draft Update Plan Review

The McHenry County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan update has been submitted to the State and FEMA for review and approval.  A copy of the draft submitted is below:

 McHenry NHMP 2016 Draft  

 

Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

The McHenry County Hazard Mitigation Committee will review the previous McHenry County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (2010 Plan) including the annual reports conducted to evaluate and monitor progress on its implementation. The annual evaluation allows for the assessment of efforts to determine if other issues need to be added based on input or occurrences. The Committee will reexamine the natural hazards facing McHenry County, establish mitigation goals, evaluate existing activities throughout the County, and recommend additional mitigation steps that are appropriate to protect people, property and other assets of McHenry County. The updated Plan will provide the County, its municipalities and townships, and other participating agencies and institutions with direction for enhancing current and future mitigation efforts. 

All interested jurisdictions and agencies are invited to participate in the planning effort. The effort will foster relationship between the county, larger communities and the rural communities. Other stakeholders, such as the Red Cross, colleges, watershed groups and conservation districts, are also invited. Public participation remains a vital part of the planning process and will include meetings open to the public, and notification to the media of all meetings, reports, and updates. 

We need your help! McHenry County and all the communities within are currently engaged in a planning process to become less vulnerable to natural disasters. Your participation in this brief survey is very important to ensure your voice is heard. The county is working to update its 2010 Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, which must be updated every five years per federal regulations.  The purpose of this Plan is to identify and assess our community’s natural hazard risks and determine how to best reduce or manage those risks.  This questionnaire provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process.  The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that should help lessen the impact of future hazard events.

Meetings will be held on October 15, 2015, January 21, 2016, and March 3, 2016, from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, at the McHenry County Mental Health Building, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake, IL 60012.

Below you can find the related documents.

2010 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan  

Hazard mitigation planning is the first of the five phases of emergency management, followed by protection, preparedness, response, and recovery. In December of 2010, EMA released McHenry County's Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, a guideline for protecting the McHenry County from the effects of natural hazards. The Plan also made county agencies eligible to receive certain federal mitigation funding that is used to lessen the impact of the hazards that threaten the county. The Plan was developed with the cooperation and assistance of county-wide governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders.

Below you can find the plan and related documents.