Public input sought on natural disaster planning

By SHERIDAN CYR

STAFF WRITER

Town and state officials will be seeking public input on dealing with natural disasters at a May 29 meeting at the Plainville Public Library at 56 East Main Street at 7 p.m.

“Floods, high winds, winter storms, drought and wildfires impact area residents and businesses every year,” states a press release from the Capital Region Council of Governments (CRCOG). “These events damage property, cause power outages, block roads, and can cause injury and death.”

CRCOG, along with each of the 38 municipalities in the capitol region, is in the process of updating its multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan is a tool that helps a community understand risks and take specific steps to reduce property damage, injury and loss of life.

The previous plan was put in place in 2014. It discusses the occurrence and consequences of floods, winter storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and tropical storms, wildfires, earthquakes and dam failure. It also identifies activities that communities can perform before natural hazards occur in order to minimize weather-related consequences.

The Council of Governments scheduled five opportunities in May across the greater Hartford area for locals to attend. Plainville’s meeting will be the last opportunity for the public to attend an informational meeting where residents and workers can learn about the plan, ask questions, and provide input.

There were also meetings scheduled in Ellington, Coventry, Simsbury and Hartford. Meetings are not exclusive to that town’s residents and surrounding towns are encouraged to attend.

Additionally, all are encouraged to share their thoughts through an online survey available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/CRCOGNHMP.

For more information, contact Lynne Pike DiSanto of CRCOG at (860) 522-2217 extension 4211 or email her at lpikedisanto@crcog.org.

Milone & MacBroom is the project consultant for the plan update. For more information about this topic, call David Murphy, Manager of Water Resources aPlanning at Milone & MacBroom, Inc. at (203) 271-1773 extension 295.