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Dane County Helping Communities Plan, Prepare

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Joshua Wescott, Office of the County Executive (608) 267-8823 or cell (608) 669-5606

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8/1/2008

Issued By: County Executive
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County Partnering with Towns, Villages, Cities to Reduce Impact of Disasters

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk is inviting local officials to attend a briefing this month to learn more about ways their communities can take advantage of federal grant programs intended to help plan and prepare for disasters.

Dane County Emergency Management will host the forum at the Exhibition Hall on the county’s Alliant Energy Center grounds on August 12th. The briefing will start at 9:00 a.m.

“As we’ve been reminded too many times this year in Dane County, we can’t stop Mother Nature from dumping flooding rains or bringing bad storms and tornadoes,” Falk said. “However, there are steps we can take to mitigate the effects and be better prepared if and when these natural disasters happen.”

Local government officials with ideas for projects on ways communities could minimize or prevent damage from future storms are encouraged to attend to hear more about grant opportunities. “Hazard mitigation” dollars in the past have helped pay for the construction of a community storm shelter, purchase of homes susceptible to flooding, upgrades to Dane County outdoor warning sirens to make them better protected from lightning and the installation of detention ponds.

To be eligible for many of these grants, communities need to prepare hazard mitigation plans. These plans identify strategies and projects that may help reduce a community’s risk during times of disaster. Dane County has secured a grant to help all 61 local units of government in the county develop these local hazard plans. Information on the benefits of having a local plan, requirements, process, and availability of assistance will be provided at the briefing.

In addition to the Hazard Mitigation Grant program, there are other state and federal funding sources available to local units of government. Officials will also receive information on some of these programs.

“Dane County is proud to partner with our towns, villages and cities to improve preparedness and help make our citizens safer,” Falk said.
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