Several members of the Thayer Board of Alderman, along with Mayor Buddy Rogers and City Clerk Jane Yancey met with officials from the South Central Ozark Council of Governments (SCOCG) Thursday to learn about updates that need to be made in the city's Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The first plan, created in 2004-2005, made the city eligible for pre-disaster mitigation funds. This plan must be updated every five years.
According to their Web site, the mission of the SCOCG is to promote human resources, educational opportunities and economic development in order to enhance the quality of life for the region's inhabitants. The organization strives to accomplish these objectives by:
* Providing professional staff assistance to local governments and organizations in a seven county region.
* Serving as an advocate for the South Central Region before federal, state, and local government agencies and other organizations that influence or affect public policy.
* Promoting the economic development of the region.
* Providing a forum for the discussion and resolution of common problems and issues affecting the region.
Mitigation plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. The planning process creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce the damge to lives, property and the economy from future disasters. Hazard mitigation is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards.
An example of this type of pre-disaster mitigation is the new emergency shelter in Alton, although, since this shelter was built more regulations have been placed on this type of project.
Yancey will work on any updates needed to the plan. SCOCG officials will return to city hall on March 10 at 1 p.m., to review the updates and help with any questions the council or emergency management director may have.