Section 106-192; Res. 69-05; Supporting and adopting the Boone County Hazard Mitigation Plan and expressing the intent of the City to participate in natural hazard mitigation and to work toward becoming a safer community


Council Bill No.          R 69-05          


A RESOLUTION

supporting and adopting the Boone County Hazard Mitigation Plan and expressing the intent of the City to participate in natural hazard mitigation and to work toward becoming a safer community.

    WHEREAS, the City of Columbia recognizes that no community is immune from natural hazards whether it be tornado/severe thunderstorm, flood, severe winter weather, drought, heat wave, earthquake, dam failure or wildfire and recognizes the importance enhancing its ability to withstand natural hazards as well as the importance of reducing the human suffering, property damage, interruption of public services and economic losses caused by those hazards; and

    WHEREAS, the City of Columbia has adopted measures such as building codes, fire codes, floodplain management regulations, zoning ordinances, and stormwater management regulations to minimize the impact of natural hazards; and

    WHEREAS, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Management Agency have developed a natural hazard mitigation program that assists communities in their efforts to become Disaster-Resistant Communities which are sustainable communities after a natural disaster that focuses, not just on disaster relief, but also on recovery and reconstruction that brings the community to at least pre-disaster conditions in an accelerated, orderly and preplanned manner; and

    WHEREAS, by participating in the Natural Hazards Mitigation program, the City of Columbia will be eligible to apply for post-disaster mitigation funds; and

    WHEREAS, the City of Columbia has worked with government partners and community partners to develop a local Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.    The City of Columbia supports and adopts the Boone County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

    SECTION 2.    The City of Columbia will implement pertinent precepts of the Mitigation Plan by incorporation into other community plans and mechanisms where appropriate.

    SECTION 3.    The City of Columbia will evaluate and review the Mitigation Plan regularly or after a disaster as well as complete a mandated five-year update submitted to the State Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for review.

    SECTION 4.    The City of Columbia will use its best efforts to become a safer community by participating in hazard identification and risk assessment to implement mitigation practices that can reduce vulnerability for residents and businesses.

    ADOPTED this 4th day of April, 2005.