Marshall County seeking feedback for updated plan to mitigate effects of natural disasters
The project assesses the natural hazards that pose a risk to the county — such as tornadoes, straight line winds, ice storms, blizzards, wildfires, flooding and extreme temperatures — and identifies ways to minimize the damage from those natural hazards in the future.
WARREN, Minn. – The Marshall County Office of Emergency Management is seeking feedback from county residents and business owners as it updates a plan it hopes will help lessen the impact of natural disasters.
In a release on Monday, Aug. 8, the Marshall County Office of Emergency Management announced it is working with U-Spatial, at the University of Minnesota Duluth, to update the county’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The MHMP assesses the natural hazards that pose a risk to the county — such as tornadoes, straight line winds, ice storms, blizzards, wildfires, flooding and extreme temperatures — and identifies ways to minimize the damage from those natural hazards in the future.
“Hazard mitigation planning is a central part of our emergency management program,” Josh Johnson, Marshall County emergency management director, said in the release. “Understanding the natural hazards that can cause serious impact to our communities and taking action to reduce or eliminate the impact of future disasters makes us more resilient.”
According to the release, the Marshall County MHMP is multi-jurisdictional and covers the cities of Alvarado, Argyle, Grygla, Holt, Middle River, Newfolden, Oslo, Stephen, Strandquist, Viking and Warren. It also incorporates the needs of townships, school districts and area agencies. The team that updates the plan is made up of representatives from county departments, local municipalities and school districts, and other stakeholders.
Marshall County Emergency Management is asking residents and business owners what natural hazards they feel pose the greatest risk to their communities, and what actions or projects could help reduce damage from future events for personal properties, communities and the county as a whole. The feedback will be used while drafting the new plan.
Comments, questions and concerns regarding natural disasters and potential mitigation actions should be submitted to Marshall County Emergency Management by phone (218-745-5841), email or comment on the Marshall County Emergency Facebook post about the MHMP.