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MOUNT VERNON -- The Knox County Emergency Management Agency has announced the final federal approval of the Knox County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The Knox County Commissioners formally adopted the plan on Aug. 20, 2020 and final approval was received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Sept. 3, 2020.

The 2020 Knox County Hazard Mitigation Plan provides a comprehensive review of mitigation needs in communities across Knox County. The plan is an opportunity for government officials, businesses, and residents to work together to increase their resilience to disasters and catastrophic events.

The plan is intended to help community leaders implement projects and develop policies that make the county more resistant to damage from disasters and facilitate rapid recovery when disasters do occur.

An approved hazard mitigation plan makes the county and municipalities eligible for non-emergency funding from FEMA to lessen the impact of disasters. Several grant programs are available to assist with structural projects like acquisition and demolition of buildings that are repeatedly damaged by floods, elevation of highway sections or bridges that flood, as well as constructing tornado safe rooms.

The hazard mitigation plan was developed using a whole community approach. The planning team included broad representation from jurisdictions and agencies across Knox County. The work was completed through a series of countywide and jurisdiction work sessions.

Throughout the process, the planning team reviewed and considered various regional, county, and local plans and documents that guide community and economic development in Knox County.

The 2020 Knox County Hazard Mitigation Plan can be found at: https://www.co.knox.oh.us/index.php/hazard-mitigation-plan.

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