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Pamlico Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting Set

Flooding in downtown Beaufort after a storm. Flooding has been identified as a hazard that could impact the Pamlico Sound Region. Photo: UNC-Institute of Marine Sciences

EMERALD ISLE —  North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound Region, which includes Beaufort, Craven, Carteret and Pamlico counties, is working to update its 2015 Pamlico Sound Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Hazard mitigation planning enables action to reduce loss of life and property, lessening the impact of disasters, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.

The next Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee meeting is at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, which will be followed at 6 p.m. by a public information meeting in the Emerald Isle Commissioners Board Room. 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle.

Threats that have been identified to potentially impact Pamlico Sound Region include dam and levee failure, drought, extreme heat, flooding and hurricane and tropical storms.

The committee met Feb. 12 in Craven County, when a presentation on hazard mitigation was given that explains several points about the necessity and process of the plan, including that communities are required to update their hazard mitigation plans every five years to remain eligible for federal disaster funding.

Residents in the four counties are encouraged to complete a brief online survey regarding the community’s mitigation efforts. Information regarding the overall planning process is available on the website.

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