RE: Ripley County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
Dear Partner in Prevention:
Since 1990, the State of Missouri has received thirty-nine Presidential Declarations for disaster related assistance. This assistance, as set forth in the Stafford Act, is comprised of three basic programs: 1) individual assistance; 2) public assistance; and 3) the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). This letter pertains to your community or organization’s eligibility for HMGP funding.
Effective November 1, 2003, any county in Missouri receiving a Presidential Disaster Declaration must have an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan in place to be eligible for HMGP funding.
HMGP funding can be used to rebuild bridges, construct tornado safe rooms and flood-buyouts, etc.
The Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission is in the process of updating the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan for Ripley County, thereby continuing to make the county and organizations located in the county eligible for HMGP funding. This is where your assistance is needed. As a resident of Ripley County and a government, community, or school official, you have an acute knowledge of the region. We seek to utilize that knowledge to produce an accurate, comprehensive, and community specific Hazard Mitigation Plan.
To ensure the plan’s thoroughness, we are asking that you or a representative of your city, county or organization participate in the Ripley County Hazard Mitigation Review Committee. The time commitment to this committee will be very minimal, with a total of four meetings taking place during the coming months. The first meeting will be Tuesday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m., at the office of the Ripley County Caring Communities located at 209 West Highway Street in Doniphan, Missouri.
When you have selected a representative of your city, county, or organization to serve on the committee, please contact me at (573) 785-6402 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you on July 12.