Humboldt County OKs hazard mitigation plan

DAKOTA CITY The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved the Humboldt County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Wednesday.

Implementation is contingent upon the approval of the city committees and councils within the county.

The MIDAS Council of Governments has been working with Humboldt County Emergency Management Coordinator Pat Colwell and the cities within the county on the plan for two years.

“It’s planning for hazards that might affect the cities and unincorporated portion of Humboldt County,” said Carissa Miller, a MIDAS planner.

The plan is required to apply for available funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The county has never had a comprehensive hazard plan, said Colwell.

Some cities had their own plans but most of them were outdated, according to Miller.

The plan, which would be in effect for five years, is funded in part by a FEMA grant through Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Humboldt County would be responsible for future updates.

“We need to have everything approved and closed out in May for the grant,” Miller said.