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The City of Austin will hold a series of public meetings to get input on the 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan update.  Residents are encouraged to attend and share their concerns for potential hazards and ideas for mitigation in their neighborhoods and in Austin at large.

Also, please take the online survey at www.ci.austin.tx.us/oem/

PUBLIC MEETINGS for 2009 HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

Monday, April 27 @ 5:30 – 6:30PM

EAST:  Oak Springs Library, 3101 Oak Springs Dr., (512) 926-4453

NORTH:  Spicewood Springs Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd., (512) 974-3800

Tuesday, April 28 @ 5:30 – 6:30PM

WEST:  Howson Library, 2500 Exposition, (512) 472-3584

SOUTH:  Manchaca Road Library, Blvd 5500 Manchaca Rd., (512) 974-8700

The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan update for Austin is to minimize or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from known hazards by identifying and implementing cost-effective mitigation actions.

In 2004, Austin was the first City in Texas to have a Hazard Mitigation Plan approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA requires that the City update the Plan every five years to maintain certain grant
eligibilities.

The 13 hazards (with ranking) identified in the 2004 Plan are:  Flood / Wildland Fire / Major Urban Fire / Drought / Severe Winter storm / Tornado & Windstorm / Hailstorm / Dam Failure / Terrorism / Hazardous materials incident / Extreme heat / Fuel pipeline accident / Transportation collision.

For more information contact: Erin Capps – (512) 769-5483 / ecapps@h2opartnersusa.com

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