KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. — The Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is inviting the public to participate in its upcoming Hazard Mitigation Plan Update meeting. That’s when the public will get to review and comment on the Draft Document.

The meeting is set for August 29 from 2PM to 5PM at the Ranson Civic Center
at 432 W. 2nd Avenue in Ranson.
A press release from the HS/OEM said, “Natural and man-made hazards may cause loss of life, property loss, and threats to public health and safety. During a disaster event, essential services including access to healthcare, fire/EMS, utilities, etc., may be affected. A hazard mitigation plan is maintained to serve as guidance to emergency management professionals. The purpose of a hazard mitigation plan is to 1) increase awareness around threats and vulnerabilities; 2) build partnerships for risk reduction; 3) identify long-term strategies for risk reduction; 4) align risk reduction with state and community objectives; and 5) identify approaches that focus
resources on greatest risk and vulnerability.”

In May 2023, Jefferson County kicked off the hazard mitigation plan review and update and
since then community officials and stakeholders and members of the public have been
meeting to update the 2018 plan.

The update includes revised profiles of identified natural
and man-made hazards and newly identified mitigation strategies.

The August 29th event is the last scheduled meeting for the 2023 Hazard Mitigation Plan update. Input from
each community and stakeholders is extremely important and critical to the planning process.

To access to the plan, meeting material, and public surveys, please visit the Jefferson County

All comments can be directed to The Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and
Emergency Management at [email protected].