Marshall County preparing new hazard mitigation plan for public inspection

Hazard Mitigation

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-   The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency has prepared a new hazard mitigation plan.  The new plan will be ready for public inspection next week.

“What we are addressing are issues in which we can lesson effects and impacts of disasters upon our citizens, our natural resources, our industries, our businesses,” said EMA Director Anita McBurnett.

Counties are required to update their plans every five years.   McBurnett says the plan covers almost every possible eventuality.

“Weather events, hazardous materials, just growth.”

She says the new plan also covers a hazard that few people ever think about in the heart of tornado country.

” I think sinkholes.  A lot of people don’t think about sinkholes.  We do have some sinkhole areas here in Marshall County.  We do have earthen dams.  We look at those.”

The new plan will be presented on Wednesday, August 13th.   There will be a public hearing that day at 11 a.m. in the Marshall County Commission chamber in the courthouse.

Filed in: Northeast Alabama

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