For Immediate Release Contact: Patrick Lonergan
Media Release No. 121022-01 Phone: 406-582-2395
10/22/2012 1:19 PM www.ReadyGallatin.com
Gallatin County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Approved by FEMA
Bozeman, MT – Gallatin County agencies recently received notification that their 2012 Hazard Mitigation Plan revision had been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. According to Patrick Lonergan, Emergency Manager, “Having an approved mitigation plan allows agencies to participate in federal mitigation programs to minimize the impacts of future disasters.” Mitigation projects typically focus on making public infrastructure more resiliant to damage resulting from disasters by correcting known weaknesses before an event occurs.
Currently several agencies in Gallatin County have mitigation projects underway in which generators are being retrofitted into existing facilities. “With these facilities now having emergency power they can continue to serve their community’s during events resulting in power outages,” stated Emergency Manager Patrick Lonergan.
The process of updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan started in mid 2011 with participation from the public and representatives from local, state, and federal agencies. Over several public meetings the plan was reviewed and the community’s mitigation priorities were verified and updated. As a result the incorporated communities of Belgrade, Bozeman, Three Forks, West Yellowstone and unincorporated Gallatin County are now recognized participants in an approved mitigation plan.