Gordon County Mitigation Plan Approved by FEMA
Will Help Community Better Prepare for Natural Disasters
CALHOUN, GEORGIA — Gordon County as a whole is better prepared for disasters with the recent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval of its local hazard mitigation plan, which is a long-term strategy to reduce the community’s vulnerability to natural disasters. Jurisdictions that adopted this plan include Gordon County, Calhoun, Fairmount, Plainville, Ranger and Resaca.
The plan identifies hazards and potential hazards in Gordon County and it creates a framework to help community officials make decisions that may ultimately protect lives and property. The plan also outlines a strategy for implementing mitigation projects in Gordon County if and as funding becomes available. Through identifying these projects Gordon County and all of its municipalities are taking proactive steps to lessen the impact of future disasters and the costly expenses associated with them.
History shows that the physical, financial and emotional losses caused by disasters can be reduced significantly through hazard mitigation planning. The planning process encourages communities to integrate mitigation with day-to-day decision making regarding land-use planning, floodplain management, site design and other activities.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reviews and approves state, tribal and local hazard mitigation plans, which are required as a condition for states and communities to receive certain types of disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. State mitigation plans must be approved every five years, and local and tribal mitigation plans must be approved at least once every five years.
About Gordon County Emergency Management
Gordon County Emergency Management is tasked with community wide prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation to natural and manmade disasters. Gordon County Emergency Management accomplishes this through planning, training, and exercises that unite partner agencies within the community for this mission.