The process of adopting a revised hazard mitigation plan for Camden County is about to get underway. The plan is required by state and federal agencies for certain types of disaster relief assistance in case of a natural disaster.

The process of adopting a revised hazard mitigation plan for Camden County is about to get underway. The plan is required by state and federal agencies for certain types of disaster relief assistance in case of a natural disaster.

Camden County’s first hazard mitigation plan was adopted in 2010. The process to revise the plan will be spearheaded by the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments.

LOCOLG Planner Dawn Kline said the plan will better protect the people and property of Camden County from the effects of natural hazardous events such as flooding and tornadoes.

Public input is part of the process.

LOCOLG will be holding four public planning meetings to update the plan. The first meeting will be Wed., May 15 at 2:00pm at Mid-County Fire Protection District headquarters in Camdenton.

“At this meeting, we will discuss the planning purpose, the multi-jurisdictional approach, identify and discuss the hazards, and ask for community participation. Please invite anyone who may be interested in our planning efforts in your community,” Kline said.”The hazard mitigation planning process is heavily dependent on the participation of local government representatives, agencies, departments, and the public. A good representation from across the county is needed to ensure that we have the support for the plan update in every community.”

The federal Emergency Management Agency requires all counties to update their plan every five years in order to be eligible for disaster relief and funding.

The Hazard Mitigation plan will be reviewed by the state emergency management agency and submitted to FEMA for approval. Prior to the plan approval, participating jurisdictions will need to formally adopt the plan locally, Kline said.

Kline said members of the public and representatives of the various agencies involved can view the current plan online at www.loclg.org under publications to review the Camden County HMP 2015.

•Meeting #2 June 5th at 2:00 PM Mid County Fire Protection District

•Meeting #3 July 10th at 2:00 PM Mid County Fire Protection District

•Meeting #4 August 7th at 2:00 PM Mid County Fire Protection District