Brown Co. MHMP plan open to review until Feb. 24

BROWN COUNTY — The Brown County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP), which addresses how to mitigate against natural disaster hazards, is open to public review and comment until Monday, Feb. 24.

The plan also incorporates the concerns and needs of townships, school districts, and other stakeholders against hazards including tornadoes, floods, wildfires, blizzards, straight-line wind, ice storms and droughts that have the potential of inflicting vast economic loss and personal hardship.

Examples of cost-effective and sustainable action to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life or property from natural hazards include improvements to roads and culverts that experience repetitive flooding; safe room construction at campgrounds, public parks, mobile home parks or schools to provide lives in tornadoes or severe wind events.

In addition, burying powerlines that may fail due to heavy snow, ice or wind storms; warning sirens and mass notification systems, and conducting public awareness and education campaigns to help people prepare to take action before, during or after a hazard event.

Brown County completed an updated draft of the MHMP as required by the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. Local jurisdictions are required to update the plan every five years to remain eligible for federal hazard mitigation grant programs.

To view the draft plan and comment, visit https://sites.google.com/d.d.umn.edu.