The Sangamon County Board has approved the 2022 Sangamon County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Update, which was developed by the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission. The plan helps the County, its Cities, and Villages better prepare for natural hazards, such as floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
The plan is designed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of citizens in the event of a natural disaster. The plan provides an assessment of the risks posed by natural hazards to Sangamon County and offers a range of mitigation projects to lessen their impact. The preparation of the plan follows guidelines that make participating communities eligible to apply for mitigation grant funding from the Federal Government.
The public was afforded the opportunity to provide input and comment on the plan, with feedback accepted through a designated online form. Upon final acceptance of the plan by FEMA, it will be available to the public on the Sangamon County and the Regional Planning websites.
Regular maintenance of the plan is a vital component of the planning process, ensuring that it reflects the current conditions of participating communities. The process involves analyzing socioeconomic data, assessing major changes in land use and development, reviewing goals and objectives, reviewing existing mitigation projects, and identifying new mitigation projects that will continue to protect communities.