Piscataquis County to update plans for emergencies, hazards

Posted Feb. 09, 2011, at 10:13 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Several meetings are planned to seek comment from Piscataquis County officials to update the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan and Emergency Response Plan.

The meetings are scheduled as follows: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Dover-Foxcroft municipal meeting room; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Milo Town Hall; and 10 a.m. Feb. 18, Greenville town office.

The objective of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to identify public assets that are in jeopardy because of naturally occurring disastrous events. Historically, the most documented hazards in Piscataquis County are flooding, severe winter and summer storms, and wildfires. The plan will list those assets and describe a remedy and costs to prevent damage.

The second part of the effort is to update the county’s Emergency Response Plan, which will list possible disastrous incidents. A plan to address high-priority events will be drafted. Traditionally, this has been a joint effort by town officials and business and industry. It is designed to plan a cooperative effort to respond to a cata-strophic event.

The planning is done on both the town and the county levels, as each entity is eligible for assistance. The completed document largely will be a compilation of local issues and will include the Unorganized Territory.

In addition to the major goal of protecting life and property, the plans will be submitted to the Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Once both agencies have accepted the plan, the items described then will be eligible for financial assistance.

For more information, call Tom Iverson Jr. or Fred Muehl at 564-8960 or e-mail Iverson at ema@piscataquis.us or Muehl at ema-planner@piscataquis.us.

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