York County adopts hazard mitigation plan

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Apr 25, 2013 4:01 AM

(York) -- Midstate leaders are looking at more than 100 actions that can be taken to make York County a safer place to live and work.

County commissioners have approved the 2013 hazard mitigation plan, which replaces one drawn up in 2008.

The more than 350-page document lays out potential threats to York County, like floods, storms, and nuclear incidents.

This year's update also adds invasive species and pandemic infectious diseases to the list.

Hazard Mitigation Officer Roy Livergood says planners work with the county's 72 municipalities as they draft the blueprint.

"The plan itself is adopted by the county, but it's also adopted by the municipalities. It becomes their plan," Livergood says. "The regional plan was created to aleviate some of the responsibility on the municipality of having to go through this process on an individual basis."

The 102 hazard mitigation actions laid out in the plan include items like providing family emergency survival kits and planning emergency evacuation routes.

Certain grant money can be used to pay for them.

Federal and state emergency management authorities require counties to update their hazard mitigation plans every five years.

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