Public input sought on city’s hazard mitigration plan update

Tropical Storm Irene, October snowstorm Alfred, and Superstorm Sandy are examples of recent events that caused severe damage in the region and resulted in federal disaster declarations. Flooding, heavy snow, wind, and downed power lines cause damage to property, disrupt our daily routines, close the schools and businesses, and jeopardize the health and safety of the citizens of Bristol.

What can be done to minimize our vulnerabilities to natural hazards? The City of Bristol is updating its hazard mitigation plan to identify activities that can be undertaken before natural hazards occur in order to minimize property damage, risk of life, and the costs that are shared by all. The plan will discuss the occurrence and consequences of floods, winter storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and tropical storms, thunderstorms, wildfires, earthquakes, and dam failure. The plan will outline the steps that the community can take to mitigate for future natural hazards and its adoption will ensure that the City of Bristol remains eligible for certain federal mitigation grant programs.

The working draft of the hazard mitigation plan update can be viewed at http://crcog.org/publications/RFQdocs/CCRPA_HMGP/CCR%20NHMP%20Complete%20partial%20draft.pdf. In order to gain input to the hazard mitigation plan update, the City of Bristol will hold a public information meeting on Tuesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 111 North Main St., Bristol. Residents and business owners are invited to attend and offer ideas for minimizing the damage that occurs and the costs that are borne by our town. Residents and business owners of neighboring communities are also invited to attend to provide input on natural hazards that can cross town boundaries.

An internet-based survey has been developed to solicit public input. Consider taking the survey even if you cannot attend the public information meeting, a press release from the city said. This survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FormerCCRPA_HMP_Update.

For more information, please contact Scott Bighinatti of Milone & MacBroom, Inc. at (203)271-1773 extension 204.

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