Public input sought for Georgetown County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan

  • Friday, May 9, 2014

Georgetown County leaders are seeking public input this month about the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is updated every five years.

A public hearing on the proposed updates to the plan will be held on Thursday, May 15, at 2 p.m. at the Georgetown County Emergency Management Division’s headquarters in Georgetown.

Jackie Broach, spokesperson for Georgetown County, said a copy of the plan with proposed updates should be available on the Georgetown County website and in the Georgetown Library’s main branch on Cleland Street by the end of the day today.

“For the most part this update is a procedural thing,” Broach said.

“The most significant changes proposed to the plan include the addition of sinkholes and sea level rise as hazards that pose a threat within the county. Those have never been included in any previous version of the plan.”

She said that other changes include replacing maps with newer versions (storm surge maps for example) and updating figures (population, building counts and values, storm statistics, etc.).

The Georgetown County Emergency Management Division acts as a liaison between the State Emergency Management Division and other state agencies during disasters.

It also works with local Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire Departments and others, coordinating the planning, response, recovery and mitigation.

Any written input from the public about the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan should be received by Cindy Grace, coordinator for the Georgetown County Emergency Management Division, by noon on May 22.

Send written input by e-mail to cgrace@gtcounty.org, or mail it to the Georgetown County Emergency Management Division’s headquarters at 2222-C Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

For more information, contact Cindy Grace at 843-545-3136.

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