BISMARCK, N.D. - Floods, tornadoes, wild fires, and terrorism are only some of the hazards profiled in the recently released State of North Dakota Enhanced Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. In total, twelve hazards are profiled in the plan, with winter storms, summer storms, drought, and floods identified as the hazards with the greatest potential to cause significant damages and overwhelm communities.
The plan considers many aspects of each hazard such as the probability of it occurring, the potential for the loss of life and property, and possible impacts on the economy. The plan does not stop at profiling hazards, however. It also focuses on long-term initiatives and strategies that could prevent or reduce future losses. Most of the initiatives are projects that can be done in local communities such as home acquisitions in hazard areas, building code adoption and enforcement, road and drainage improvements, and public education programs. Each of the initiatives relate to at least one of the seven goals listed in the plan. Many communities are eligible to apply for funding through various grant programs offered by the state and federal governments.
North Dakota is required to have a statewide multi-hazard mitigation plan and is required to review the plan every three years. If the enhanced plan is approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), North Dakota will be one of only six states with this type of plan. An enhanced plan will provide an additional five percent in funding for hazard mitigation and disaster recovery back to North Dakota communities.
Representatives from across the state have been evaluating and updating the plan for several months and encourage the public to provide additional comment. Sections of the plan can be read and downloaded from the internet at: www.nd.gov/des. Comments are due by January 2, 2008 and can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or ND Department of Emergency Services, PO Box 5511, Bismarck, ND 58506-5511.