Residents urged to take mountain hazardous mitigation survey

Published 3:56 pm Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Polk County residents are urged to state their opinions on a survey available for mountain counties regarding emergency management.
The N.C. Emergency Management office compiled the survey for the counties of Henderson, Polk, Rutherford and Transylvania.
These counties are currently working to become less vulnerable to disasters caused by natural hazards.
“The counties, along with participating local jurisdictions and other participating partners, are now working to prepare a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan,” states the survey, which can be found at the link to the right.
“The purpose of this plan is to identify and assess our community’s natural hazard risks and determine how to best minimize or manage those risks. Upon completion, the plan will represent a comprehensive multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan for the four-county region.”
The survey only takes a few minutes to fill out and includes questions such as what region the participant lives in, what the participant thinks the top two natural hazards are in their neighborhood and what steps local government could take to reduce or eliminate the risk of future hazard damages.
The participant is asked to rate in terms of importance community-wide activities that can reduce the risk of hazards.
Residents are asked to complete the survey by Jan. 31.
Anyone with questions regarding the survey or who may want to participate in the development of the South Mountains Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan can contact Nathan Slaughter at 919-431-5251 or by email at

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