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The federal government requires all states and local governments to have hazard mitigation plans approved by FEMA that are consistent with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.  This is required to maintain eligibility for certain types of federal Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants. Hazard mitigation planning is a process to identify hazards that pose risk as well as develop mitigation actions to reduce or prevent damage from those hazards.

A planning committee comprised of representatives from Jackson County, the incorporated cities, public school districts, and other stakeholders including private businesses, private non-profits, and others is currently developing an update to the comprehensive Jackson County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan with a strategy to reduce the vulnerability of people and property in the planning area to the impacts of hazards and to remain eligible for mitigation funding programs from FEMA.

One of the key components of a hazard mitigation plan is public input during the planning process.  The planning committee will be evaluating information on the hazards that impact each jurisdiction within Jackson County.  The committee is seeking your input on the hazards that will be evaluated as well as your opinions on the types of activities that should be considered to reduce future impacts.  Your comments will be considered by your community’s representatives on the planning committee as the plan is developed.  Please take a few moments to answer the following questions.  Thank you for your participation.

* 1. Please select your jurisdiction from the list.  You may only select one jurisdiction for each survey completed.  If you belong to more than one jurisdiction in this list, please complete multiple surveys.

* 2. The hazards addressed in the Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update are listed below. Please indicate your opinion on the likelihood for each hazard to impact YOUR JURISDICTION (identified above).

  Unlikely Occasional Likely Highly Likely
Animal/Plant/Crop Disease
Dam/Levee Failure
Drought
Earthquake
Expansive Soils
Extreme Heat
Flash Flood
Grass or Wildland fire
Hazardous Materials Incident
Human Disease
Infrastructure Failure
Landslide
Radiological Incident
River Flooding
Severe Winter Storm
Sinkholes
Terrorism
Thunderstorm/Lightning/Hail
Tornado/Windstorm
Transportation Incident

* 3. Please indicate your opinion on the potential magnitude of each hazard's impact on YOUR JURISDICTION (identified above).

  Negligible Limited Critical Catastrophic
Animal/Plant/Crop Disease
Dam/Levee Failure
Drought
Earthquake
Expansive Soils
Extreme Heat
Flash Flood
Grass or Wildland Fire
Hazardous Materials Incident
Human Disease
Infrastructure Failure
Landslide
Radiological Incident
River Flooding
Severe Winter Storm
Sinkholes
Terrorism
Thunderstorm/Lightning/Hail
Tornado/Windstorm
Transportation Incident

* 4. FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants can be used to fund mitigation actions identified in the hazard mitigation plan. These grants are administered by the Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Department.  Listed below are some types of projects considered.  Please check all those that would benefit your jurisdiction, in your opinion.

* 5. What is the worst event that has affected your jurisdiction that you are aware of?  Please provide as many specifics as possible including approximate date, locations impacted, and impacts.

* 6. Please comment on any other issues that the Jackson County Hazard Mitigation Planning Team should consider in developing a strategy to reduce future losses caused by hazard events.

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