Reducing Damages Caused by Severe Weather

Galesburg, IL — The Knox County All Hazards Mitigation Planning Committee will hold its second meeting on Thursday, March 3,2022 at 10 A.M. at the Galesburg Public Safety Building, in the Emergency Operations Center, 150 South Broad Street in Galesburg. This Committee, comprised of County and municipal representatives as well as technical partners and stakeholders, will meet over the next several months to update the County’s All Hazards Mitigation Plan to reduce the damages caused by natural hazards, such as, floods, thunderstorms, ice storms, tornadoes, and excessive heat. Interested residents are invited to attend and can ask questions at these meetings.

“The purpose of this meeting is to identify how often severe weather events occur within the County and what kinds of damages have resulted. Based on this information we will begin to update each participant’s list of activities and projects,” said Knox County EMA Coordinator, Chief Randy Hovind.

“This Plan will be our best resource for determining how to mitigate damages from storms and other natural hazards. After the Plan update is completed, comprehensive information will be available in one document to help guide those who are making decisions about how to better protect Knox County residents,” added Hovind.

Committee meetings are open to the public. Those who wish to attend the meeting may do so in person (masks required) or virtually. Persons interested in participating in the meeting virtually should visit the Knox County Alert Network, Illinois Facebook page for log-in details or contact Ken Runkle, American Environmental Corp. at 217-585-9517 Ext. 8, or via email at krunkle@aecspfld.com.

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