MOUNT VERNON — Fifteen people gathered at the Memorial Building Wednesday to discuss the types of disasters that could occur in Knox County, and how the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan should be updated.
The county’s plan was last updated in 2005, said Emergency Management Agency Director Mark Maxwell. He said the county is supposed to update the plan every five years, so the county is clearly behind schedule.
The 15 people who attended divided into groups of three or four and worked on defining various things that go into the profile of the county, such as the various political jurisdictions, fire districts, or areas prone to flooding. They listed resources that might be useful during a disaster or in preventing disasters, such as the Army Corps of Engineers and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District for flood control. They discussed fire prevention programs, the significance of building and zoning codes and how they might minimize losses in a disaster, and where critical agencies are located, such as police and fire stations or water processing plants.
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