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Hazard Mitigation Program Open House Set

Jacksonville property owners who experience or could experience flooding are encouraged to attend an open house Thursday on the FEMA hazard mitigation program. Photo: City of Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE — Property owners who have experienced or could experience flooding in the future are encouraged to attend an open house Thursday about the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Program.

The state Emergency Management and FEMA following storms work with communities on hazard mitigation with the goal to reduce or eliminate the impacts to people and property from natural hazards, according to a release from the city.

During the open house scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at city hall, 815 New Bridge St., there will be individual discussions as well as a presentation on the hazard mitigation program that could help provide opportunities for lowering risks to property owners.

Examples of hazard prevention efforts include the following:

  • Raising up flood-prone properties
  • Buying homes found in high hazard areas
  • Giving help in updating local hazard prevention plans
  • Showing businesses ways to lower risks
  • Promoting good growth and building practices outside of high-hazard areas

After federally declared disasters, FEMA provides designated funds for hazard mitigation projects while state Emergency Management works with local governments to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and develop long-term strategies to protect people and property during such events.

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