Officials discuss preparing for disaster
Elected officials in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, and Trumbull are seeking public input on ideas for preparing for natural disasters such as the flood of Sept. 25, 2018. These events — which can also include hurricanes, winter storms and other natural disasters — can damage property, cause power outages, block roads, and can cause injuries.
The Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments which represents the six municipalities in the region, is in the process of updating the multi-jurisdiction Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, a tool that assists communities in taking specific steps to reduce property damage, injuries, and loss of life.
The plan discusses the occurrence and consequences of floods, coastal changes, winter storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and tropical storms, earthquakes, and dam failure. It also identifies activities that communities can perform before natural hazards occur to help minimize property damage, risk of life, and the costs that are shared by all. This update will identify significant changes in risks, vulnerabilities, capabilities, and mitigation actions that have developed since adoption of the previous plan in 2014.
The council offering an opportunity for the public to attend an informational meeting where residents can learn about the plan, ask questions, and provide input. The meeting will take place 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at Bridgeport City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace.
Additionally, all are encouraged to share their thoughts through an online survey available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/metrocoghazards
Comments or questions can also be emailed to Patrick Carleton at email@example.com.