Stonewall plans for future hazards

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The Stonewall County Commissioners approved the regional hazard mitigation plan Monday, an almost 500-page document designed to streamline disaster recovery and serve as a basis for potential grant funding in the future.

Jay Hardaway with H2O Partners, Inc. has been working with the West Central Texas Council of Governments (COG) on the plan for more than two years and was on hand to speak with Stonewall officials earlier this week. As required by FEMA and the Texas Department of Emergency Management, cities and counties across the state are required to update their hazard mitigation action plan every five years.

The COG represents almost 20 counties and over 50 cities across the state and works with officials in each of those local governments to make sure the plan is prepared correctly. COG has been gathering information from surrounding governments for the past two or three years to ensure jurisdictions maintain eligibility for a full range of federal disaster relief.

“It's a break the glass kind of emergency plan,” said Hardaway. “Something you don't really use unless you need it.”

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