2024 Hazard Mitigation Plan Project

Description

The Cass County Hazard Mitigation Plan is currently being updated for the March 2024 official update. Elements and activity related to this project will be published on this webpage to encourage community involvement. This page will be updated as we move forward to our March 2024 goal.

Receiving Notifications About this Project

As a convenience, when substantive changes are made to this page, the Emergency Management office will send out a Twitter notification (Cass County, MI EMC @EMCMI) and post a notice on the Emergency Management County Website.

Current Hazard Mitigation Plan

LEPC Meeting Dates 2024

  • 1 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2024
  • 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2024
  • 1 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2024
  • 1 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2024

Four LEPC meetings are scheduled annually and are held in person with Zoom as an option until further notice. Please email all questions to the Emergency Management Coordinator Manny DeLaRosa at MannyD@cassco.org

Project Status

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

LEPC meeting - Hazard Mitigation Plan 2018

Cass County EM spoke about the Cass County Hazard Mitigation Plan, revised 2019. Manny mentioned that the planning for the revision began in January 2016 and brought up options on when the committee should begin planning for the next revision which will be due in March 2024. A few options were discussed on whether we should begin planning this year, beginning of next, or if he should continue to gather more information to get a better idea of when to start the planning on the revision. It was decided to continue gathering information to make the best decision.

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

Local Planning Team - Hazard Mitigation Plan 2018

Cass County EM explained that the Hazard Mitigation Plan will expire on March 2024. After conducting some research, he found that the Grant Application process will take at least 9 months and hiring a company to update our plan, the company would need a year to a year and a half to complete the plan. This will most likely run past our expiration date. Manny will begin the Grant Application process; however, we will still need to update our own plan for 2024. We will need to decide if we are going to create a subcommittee and begin this process as quickly as possible.

Meeting March 2, 2023

The plan is currently being updated with a deadline of March 2024. The plan is approximately 167 pages with current updates up to page 49. The EM explained the different sections such as Population changes, Wetlands maps, Census 2020 data and updates needed throughout the plan. The EM stated that the 2016 Hazard Mitigation plan is posted on the Cass County Emergency Management webpage found on the Cass County website. There is also a timeline of all updates being made on the current plan – 2024. The EM will also begin work with IT and attempt to get the 2024 Hazard Mitigation Plan on a share drive where all members can view and participate in the updates. The EM shared a couple pages from the Plan – Critical Assets and requests all members to review and submit any updates to him. 

Meeting May 4, 2023

The EM pulled up the Cass County Website and explained how to reach the Emergency Management page, and then the link to the Hazard Mitigation Plan 2018. The EM then explained what was on the page and how it tracks the updating process for the new 2024 plan. The EM stated that he may be reaching out to some people in the group if he comes across sections in the plan that pertain to them. He will only send those specific pages and request any updates or changes. 

Meeting July 6, 2023

The EM spoke on the latest updates to the Cass County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan is valid for 5 years and required to be updated and reviewed this year. The EM spoke on the current method of creating our High Hazard Vulnerability Assessment and other methods that may serve us better. The EM went over several slides showing what we currently have in the plan, what needs to be updated and options to replace old data. The EM then walked through the Emergency Management website explaining where to find our current plan and other information. 

Meeting September 7, 2023

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update:  A list was presented of the sections in the plan that have been updated since the last meeting. The section currently being updated is the State of Emergency Declarations, Federal and State.