MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Commissioners got some good news Thursday morning from Mark Maxwell, director of Knox County Emergency Management Agency.
First, Maxwell announced that Knox County has successfully renewed its StormReady recognition. The letter from the National Weather Service expressed appreciation for the hard work of Maxwell and the Knox County EMA in attaining the recognition, which improves the ability of Knox County to prepare for and respond to hazardous weather conditions.
The second piece of good news is that Knox County has been awarded a $15,000 federal grant for hazard mitigation planning. The state will provide an additional $2,600 and the county’s share will be in-kind services, such as personnel hours.
Maxwell said the grant will enable the county to take a broad look at what it can do to mitigate, or remedy, any type of hazard, whether it be natural, such as storm damage, or man-made, such as an oil spill. Community input will be invited as the plan is developed, Maxwell said, and business, townships and villages will be included to help prioritize the strategies.
Having an updated hazard mitigation plan in place, Maxwell added, will make the county eligible for actual mitigation funds should a disaster occur.
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