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Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Public Input Survey

RVARC is conducting an update of the existing hazard mitigation plan to assure that the changes in hazards and vulnerabilities within the region are identified and addressed by appropriate mitigation strategies. The public input survey is designed to help gauge household preparedness for natural disasters and knowledge of methods to reduce risk and loss. The information you provide will help improve public/private coordination of preparedness and risk reduction activities.

The current plan will be updated by means of a comprehensive review, evaluation and revision of all plan sections including the planning process, capability assessment, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, vulnerability assessment, and the plan maintenance section. The previous version of the plan is available at http://rvarc.org/community/hazard-mitigation/

The plan will cover the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke; cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem; and the towns of Buchanan, Clifton Forge, Fincastle, Iron Gate, New Castle, Troutville and Vinton. Other partners in the plan update include the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, FEMA, Virginia Department of Forestry, and National Weather Service.

According to Eddie Wells, Director of Community Development, “This survey is designed to help gauge household preparedness for natural disasters and knowledge of methods to reduce risk and loss from natural hazards such as flooding, wildfires and tornados. The information you provide will help improve public/private coordination of preparedness and risk reduction activities.”

The survey, which closes on September 30th, can be taken online at surveymonkey.com/r/Q7G5ZMC

If you need additional accommodations to complete this survey, please contact Eddie Wells at ewells@rvarc.org or (540)-343-4417.