County to review draft pre-disaster mitigation plan

Blizzards, tornadoes and floods are a few of the potential hazards that strike this part of the country. Events like these have the potential to cause significant physical and monetary damage, disrupt local economies, and displace residents and businesses impacted by hazard events.

Clay County is in the process of reviewing its Draft Clay County Multi-Hazard Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan Update 2012 to identify potential hazards impacting the region, analyze the impact of potential disaster events, and develop potential projects and strategies to mitigate the future impacts of these hazards.

A planning committee has been assembled to provide guidance in the development of the plan, and is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at the Vermillion Fire Station’s Training Room at 820 N. Dakota St., Vermillion.

This meeting will be the fifth and final meeting to be held for the development of the updated plan and finalizing changes prior to the submittal of the plan to the South Dakota State Office of Emergency Management.

The Clay County Multi-Hazard Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan Update 2012 is comprised of the following sections:

1)    Hazard risk assessment;

2)    Disaster mitigation goals and objectives;

3)    Future potential mitigation strategies and projects;

4)    Prioritization of potential strategies and projects; and

5)    Implementation strategies.


The plan is intended to cover all of the municipalities located in Clay County, including the City of Irene, the City of Vermillion and the Town of Wakonda.

If you have ideas about what should be done to prepare for future disaster events occurring in Clay County, you are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Layne Stewart at (605) 677-7185 or


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