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Posted on: September 3, 2021

Request for Public Input on Updates to Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

Polk County Office of Emergency Management is working on updating the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan assesses the natural hazards that pose risk to the County and identifies ways to minimize the damage of future events.

This plan will be updated by a planning team of representatives from the County, local municipalities, school districts, and other key stakeholders.  Hazard mitigation helps to break the cycle of damage and repair caused by things like flooding, ice storms, and severe wind events that can damage property, stress economies, and threaten life safety in the county.  Examples of hazard mitigation include actions like improvement of roads and culverts that experience repetitive flooding, construction of safe rooms at campgrounds, public parks, mobile home parks, or schools to protect lives in the event of tornadoes or severe wind events; burying power lines that may fail due to heavy snow, ice, or wind storms; ensuring timely emergency communication to the public through warning sirens and mass notification systems, and conducting public awareness and education.  

Public input is an essential part of the plan update.  Polk County is seeking feedback from residents and businesses and is asking about what natural hazards pose the greatest risk to the community, if someone has experienced a previous disaster, and what concerns or mitigation could be done to help reduce the damage of potential future events.  

Comments, concerns, or questions should be submitted to the County by calling (218) 470-8263, emailing by using the form at Form Center • Polk County, MN • CivicEngage, or post comments on the Polk County Sheriff's Office/Emergency Management Facebook page.

There will be additional opportunities for public feedback throughout the planning process and a draft of the plan will be posted on the county website for public review prior to submission of the plan to the State.

The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires counties to update their plan every five years to maintain eligibility for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.

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