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The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and its six towns are hosting the final public meeting to ask the public for assistance in identifying the natural hazards that affect their communities the most.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Public Meeting 3
Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Matthews Town Hall
232 Matthews Station St., Matthews, N.C. 28105

The final public meeting will include a presentation of the Final Hazard Mitigation Plan and public feedback received on mitigation goals and proposed actions.

The previous two public meetings were held in November and December of 2014 in Charlotte and Huntersville respectively.  These meetings focused on assessing local risks through local knowledge and concerns about hazard risks and presentation of strategies to mitigate hazards for public feedback on mitigation goals and proposed mitigation actions.

A public survey was also been developed in order to allow for public comment about hazards threatening our community. The survey portion has closed but results will be included in the final plan.

Learn about Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management’s hazard mitigation strategies, goals and actions regarding natural hazards such as floods, winter storms or tornadoes. Visit www.charmeckem.net for more information.

About the Hazard Mitigation Plan

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management is updating the County’s multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP), last updated in 2010. The Department of Homeland Security requires jurisdictions to have an HMP to be eligible for Hazard Mitigation assistance. The HMP must be updated every five years to remain current.

The HMP is the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster loss and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeat damage. The plan update process allows jurisdictions to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long-term to reduce risk and future losses.

The final draft document is scheduled for completion by the end of February 2015. The draft will then be submitted for review to North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) and to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Once the plan receives approval it must be approved by each jurisdictions’ City or Town Council or Board of Commissioners in order for FEMA to issue final approval.

The current (2010) plan is available at http://www.charmeckem.net/node/29. The final 2015 plan will be made available here as well.

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