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City of Smithville DRAFT Hazard Mitigation Plan
The City of Smithville, in a partnership with Bastrop County, has developed a DRAFT Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) to reduce risks from natural disasters and to comply with the Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000.
Hazard mitigation is the use of long and short-term strategies to reduce or alleviate the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage that can result from a disaster. It involves strategies such as planning, policy changes, programs, projects, and other activities that can mitigate the impacts of hazards. It is impossible to predict exactly when and where disasters will occur or the extent to which they will impact an area. However, with careful planning and collaboration among public agencies, stakeholders, and citizens, it is possible to minimize losses that disasters can cause. The responsibility for hazard mitigation lies with many, including private property owners; business and industry; and local, state, and federal government.
Copies of the DRAFT HMP are available for review at City Hall or online. An overview of the City of Smithville’s HMP will be presented to interested parties on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall (317 Main). Questions and/or comments regarding the City of Smithville Hazard Mitigation Plan can be directed to Robert Tamble, City Manager at 512-237-3282.
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