Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 8, 2021

Public Invited to Review and Comment on Hazards Mitigation Plan for Union County

Updated planning document makes Union County eligible for certain types of state and federal funding.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Commissioners invites members of the public to review and comment on Union County’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Approved Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan. The plan is being updated by the County’s Division of Emergency Services. A draft of the updated plan will be available for public view on the project website, unionhmp.com, until Friday, August 6, 2021

“The Hazards Mitigation Plan helps ensure that state and federal assistance is allocated on a coordinated, strategic basis, to address issues of concern for Union County and the region,” said Union County Commissioner Board Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Our Emergency Services staff worked hard all year to keep the update on track when COVID-19 restrictions were in force, and we encourage members of the public to add their insights and help complete the process.”

A five-year update to the Hazards Mitigation Plan is required by state and federal agencies in order for communities in Union County to be eligible for certain types of state and federal mitigation and disaster assistance funding. The previous plan was developed in 2016.

Hazard mitigation refers to actions that can help reduce or eliminate long-term risks caused by hazards or disaster, such as flooding.

Updating the Hazards Mitigation Plan involves identifying local risks and vulnerabilities associated with disasters, and developing long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events.

Engaging as many voices from the community as possible is important to the success of the Hazardous Mitigation Plan update. Members of the public can use the “Plans and Documents” link at the project website, unionhmp.com, to view the draft until August 6. To submit a comment, use the online form at the “Contact the Team” link.

The project website also provides links to background information and resources on hazard mitigation. Please note that the 2016 plan is a continuation of the 2015 process.

The Division of Emergency Services is an office of the Union County Department of Public Safety. For more information about all Emergency Services programs and activities visit ucnj.org/public-safety.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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