Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA), in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency policy, has placed several portions of its initial draft of the 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan on the CCEMA website for public review, other sections will be posted as they are completed.
This plan, according to CCEMA Director Jim Budway, is written by the County and incorporates municipal specific input. This relieves the municipalities of the burden of writing and updating a plan every five-years, while accurately addressing local issues. Final approval of the plan, by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), requires that each jurisdiction approve it.
The draft format allows the public to track the changes being made. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to read the plan and use the feedback form. "Public comment", Budway stated, "is a vital part of this process to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be heard. We encourage you to provide us with feedback that will strengthen the plan and encourage public participation in preparedness and mitigation activities."