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January 8, 2018

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Public Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, January 11, 2018 in Houston's Denver Harbor Neighborhood

The City of Houston will hold a meeting on Thursday, January 11th to gather public input on an update to the City's Hazard Mitigation Action Plan.  The meeting will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center; 6402 Market Street, Houston, TX 77020.  Representatives from the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and H20 Partners, the vendor assisting the City, will be on hand to answer questions about the plan.

The purpose of the public meeting is to provide an opportunity to make comments on the final draft of the Plan.  A copy of the draft plan can be found online at houstonoem.org, where residents can register their comments, questions, or concerns. Additionally,  a copy is provided for public review by appointment at the OEM.  Residents who wish to review the plan in person can call 713.884.4500 to make an appointment. Those planning on attending the meeting are asked review the draft Plan prior to attending the meeting, and come ready to discuss any comments you have on the plan.

The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Action Plan is to minimize or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from known natural hazards such as hurricanes, flooding, wind, thunderstorms, etc., by identifying and implementing cost-effective mitigation actions.

Mitigation is defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as sustained actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects.

The plan works to identify projects that can be funded through local, state and federal resources that help reduce Houston's risk to Natural Hazards.

Residents who need an accommodation to attend the meeting, including CART services or American Sign Language interpretation, should contact OEM at 713.884.4500.

Additional information on the Hazard Mitigation Action Plan, and how it helps Houston be more resilient in disasters can be found online at houstonoem.org.