Published DateASHLAND — The Ashland Hazard Mitigation Committee has announced completion of the draft Ashland Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, 2013.
The committee is composed of a variety of local interests including the Selectboard, Emergency Management Director, Fire Chief, Police Chief, Town Administrator, Department of Public Works, and a citizen member. The Committee was assisted in this effort by staff from the Lakes Region Planning Commission.
The plan is designed to address Ashland's vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards and will serve to reduce future residential and commercial property losses from hazardous events before they occur. The committee reviewed changes that have occurred in the last five years, including the status of mitigation actions that were recommended in the 2006 Plan.
The most significant areas of concern for Ashland included high winds, flooding, earthquake, and severe winter weather. During development of the plan, community leaders were able to identify and prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these hazards.
The plan is also a useful tool for leveraging additional sources of funding prior to, or in the event of, a natural disaster.
The committee invites local businesses, citizens, and neighboring municipalities to comment on the draft Ashland Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, 2013.