HERKIMER — Public comment is being sought on the Herkimer County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Information provided on the Herkimer County Emergency Services website states the county received a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for hazard mitigation planning from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
"The purpose of the grant is to identify the hazards and risks that could cause a large-scale community disaster and to mitigate against the hazards," according to the information about the public comment period on the county website. "Having a plan also enables the county and its jurisdictions to qualify for FEMA disaster funding that requires having in place a current mitigation plan."
The public comment period started Oct. 4 and will go until Nov. 4.
"Herkimer County partnered with local jurisdictions and other stakeholders to develop the countywide Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan," according to provided materials.
Those interested can go to http://herkimercounty.org/content/Departments/View/8, which will go to the Herkimer County Emergency Services website. On that page, there is a section titled "Services" which lists the various municipalities throughout the county and its respective plan. The website also includes a section titled "Forms" which allows for people to submit their comments on the plan.
Visitors to the website can see what, if any plan, has been developed for either of the 30 municipalities in the county.
According to the executive summary in the draft of the Herkimer County Multi-Hazard Plan, disasters "can cause loss of life; damage buildings and infrastructure; and have devastating economic, social, and environmental consequences."
Herkimer County has experienced repeat disaster flooding over the past several years. This includes most recently in July when the village of Herkimer saw flooding through some of its streets, causing damage to surrounding homes and property.