Public invited to attend Worcester County Hazard Mitigation Plan update meeting September 16

Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) officials are updating the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan and invite citizens to a September 16, 2019 meeting to voice their concerns about natural and manmade emergencies that have the potential to impact the Lower Eastern Shore. The meeting is free, open to all residents, and will take place at the Pocomoke City Department of Emergency Medical Services, which is located at 137 8th Street in Pocomoke City, from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Public input helps us to better identify hazards and to take steps to reduce their impact, which makes Worcester County a more resilient community,” WCES Planner Tina Vickers said.
Residents are also encouraged to share their insights about potential local hazards by completing a 12-question survey online at http://www.co.worcester.md.us/departments/emergency.  The survey should take no longer than seven minutes, and results will be included in the updated plan. After completing the survey, residents may provide contact information to receive additional information regarding the Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The purpose of the plan is to ensure the county is prepared to face diverse natural and manmade hazards, and WCES is placing special emphasis on understanding citizens’ concerns regarding hazards. 
WCES officials extend their thanks to the stakeholders who attended the Hazard Mitigation Plan update meeting in July and identified power outages as a major impact of storm events and emphasized the importance of maintaining power at such times. Local business owners in particular can be adversely impacted by power disruptions, which can lead to potential closures. Being prepared for a power outage not only helps area businesses remain open, but also helps the people who depend on those local businesses. 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a Ready Business Toolkit to help business owners and their staff prepare for and respond to a variety of hazards that can impact Worcester County. The FEMA toolkit is available at https://www.ready.gov/business.
For more information about the Hazardous Mitigation Plan development process and how you can participate, call WCES Emergency Management Planner Tina Vickers at 410-632-1315.