Town Sets Public Comment Period for
Natural Disaster Plan
Immediate Release - Contact: David Chauvin February 8, 2006 (516) 869-7794
Manhasset, NY – Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board unanimously passed a resolution last week approving a fourteen-day public comment period on the Nassau County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning Project. The program is designed to formulate a plan to address public health and safety, loss of life, and economic hardship in the event of a natural disaster. In order to fully participate in the program, the Town is seeking input from residents on what they perceive to be potential hazard areas within Town boundaries.
“I encourage all residents to review and comment on this plan,” said Supervisor Kaiman. “It’s important that everyone be involved in issues like this so we can better help them in the future.”
The Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan is developed before a disaster strikes, essentially breaking the typical disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. The plan is geared towards identifying community policies, actions, and tools for long-term implementation in order to reduce risk and potential for future loss. When adopted, the plan will be maintained and updated on a regular basis.
“We need to hear our residents express their concerns and needs in order to better assist residents in such a disaster,” commented Councilman Dwyer. “Being aware of our residents concerns will help us to better plan ahead and be prepared.”
The public comment period will begin on Friday February 10, 2006 and end two weeks later on Friday February 24, 2006. To register a comment or suggestion please call the Town’s Office Emergency Management at (516) 739-6695. For more information about the plan, log onto the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OEM/hazmit/hazmit.html.
Once the plan is completed, residents will be able to download a copy of the plan from the Town’s website.