MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County residents are invited to join the county’s Emergency Management team, Sheriff James Gannon, and other government officials at a kick-off meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, for the creation of a 2020 county Hazard Mitigation Plan to deal with potential disasters that might confront us in future years.

During this planning process, county and local leaders and participating communities will work in tandem to identify risks, assess capabilities, and formulate a strategy to reduce disaster vulnerability in our county.

The public Hazard Mitigation Plan kick-off meeting for the 2020 plan update will be held this Tuesday, 11 a.m., at the Morris County Public Safety Complex, 500 W Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960 (for GPS).

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FEMA has approved more than about $36 million in mitigation funding to Morris County and its municipalities since 2011 as a result of the county’s approved All Municipalities Hazard Mitigation Plan.

However, that must be updated every five years, with a goal of being prepared to save lives and property through the reduction of hazard vulnerability. Ultimately, all 39 Morris County municipalities benefit from being eligible for federal funding.

Hazard Mitigation is defined as any action taken to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. These disasters could include floods, severe storms, and extreme temperatures, among many others.

Public participation and feedback is a vital part of the hazard mitigation planning process. In addition to asking residents to attend key meetings, Morris County also has developed a Citizen Preparedness Survey to assist in providing the public an outlet to contribute to the 2020 HMP update.

This survey is anonymous and will be used to develop portions of the plan. Fill out the survey at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/morrishmp2020.

If you would like more information on how to get involved in this project, contact the Morris County Office of Emergency Management at oem@co.morris.nj.us.

To keep up to date with the project, visit https://oem.morriscountynj.gov/mitigation/2020-mitigation-plan-update/

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