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December 23, 2003

Adams County Receives Grant for Disaster Planning
Funds to be used towards creating federally compliant disaster mitigation plan

Will allow county to compete for funds nationwide

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that Adams County will receive $23,512 from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to assist the county in developing a county disaster mitigation plan.
“A disaster can strike at any moment, “said Blagojevich.  “Averting injuries and saving lives can be done only if an effective emergency management plan is in place.  With these funds, Adams County will be able to develop that plan.” 
The grant will help Adams County develop a mitigation plan that is compliant with the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.  A compliant plan will ensure that the county will be eligible for hazard mitigation funds for any disaster occurring after November 2004.  In addition, a compliant plan will make them eligible to compete nationwide for Pre-Disaster Mitigation project funds.
“Many disasters, such as floods and windstorms, are inevitable, but there are many things we can do in advance to lessen their impact,” said William C. Burke, IEMA director.  “This grant will help Adams County develop an adequate disaster mitigation plan and be eligible for future disaster assistance.”
Disaster mitigation includes actions to eliminate or prevent damages from such natural disasters as floods, windstorms and tornadoes, winter storms and heat waves.  Local governments use disaster mitigation plans to analyze all of the natural hazards they may experience and to search for appropriate and cost-effective solutions to eliminate those hazards.

IEMA receives funding for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Planning Grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


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