Remember Ida’s Floods? Do Something to Avoid Others

NORRISTOWN PA – Montgomery County’s Planning Commission has started its update, due every five years, of a plan required by the federal Emergency Management Agency. To begin its work, the commission hopes you’ll be willing to take a survey to discuss how it can respond to future hazards. Hint: thanks to Tropical Storm Ida, the hazard that flooding represents might be somewhat fresh in your memory.

Hazard mitigation planning, the focus of the commission’s FEMA-inspired survey, is serious work. The county updated its plan in 2012 and again in 2018, and with the most recent effort it intends to complete a plan for the five-year cycle that begins in 2023. As hazards – and, if Ida is any example, their intensity – change, public feedback becomes an important tool for planners.

Possibly even more important is the fact that state and federal governments require such plans to ensure communities are eligible for specific pre- and post-disaster funding help … such as that approved for county residents and business by President Joe Biden just 10 days ago.

The survey (at top) is available in both English, here, and Spanish, here, and should be completed before Dec. 31. But don’t wait, the commission asks. It’s estimated to take between only 5 and 10 minutes to finish, and it could save you and others far more time than that by ensuring the county is ready for whatever disaster befalls it in the future.

When the survey results are accumulated, they’ll be reviewed and acted upon by a steering committee that involves dozens of stakeholders including the public, businesses, nonprofits, and schools. For more information, or to contact the project team, call Ellis Foley at 610-278-3729.

Photo supplied by the Montgomery County Planning Commission