073013 Holderness Hazard Mitigation Planning Group to Meet (186)

HOLDERNESS — The Holderness Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee has begun the process of updating its 2008 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The committee, which is represented by Selectmen; the Town Administrator; the Police, Fire, and Highway Departments; the Town Library, and the Planning Board is reviewing the natural and manmade hazards that put Holderness at risk.

They will update recommendations aimed at mitigating hazards and protecting the safety and well being of town residents. The committee will have its next meeting on July 31 at the Holderness Public Safety Building, starting at 1:30 p.m. Residents of Holderness and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input.

Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances. The most significant areas of concern for Holderness will be determined as a result of this process; in the last plan this included flooding, ice jams, high winds and lightning, motor vehicle accidents involving hazardous materials, ice storms, and wildfire.

For more information, call Walter Johnson, Holderness Emergency Management Director at 968-2145 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.