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Lee County Readies for Disasters

Aug 11, 2014

The 300-page pre-disaster mitigation plan, which has received county approval, took more than a year to develop.

The new new roadmap addresses how to respond to natural or man-made disasters.

Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Cirinna said it combines what were previously separate plans for the county, Keokuk and Fort Madison.

“There are a number of different hazards that we face, and the top ones are basically storms and power disruptions, or anything with the utility disruption, whether it is gas or anything along those lines.”

Cirinna said there is a bit more information to add or revise before the final plan is submitted to FEMA for approval.

The plan is needed so local governments can be eligible for state or federal assistance during disaster response or recovery.