Hudson Council could approve Summit County disaster plan

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- The county has a 265-page disaster plan, which Hudson Council could approve at the July 16 meeting.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency requires local governments approve the Summit County Hazard Mitigation Plan to be eligible to receive Hazard Mitigation Grant Program grants.

The Summit County Emergency Management Agency updates the plan every five years, which is reviewed by local agencies such as AMATS, police and fire chiefs, and the county engineer, and approved by the Summit County Emergency Management Executive Committee. The plan was forwarded to Ohio Emergency Management Agency and FEMA for approval.

Summit County Council approved the plan Feb. 10, and the updated plan was sent to all municipalities in the county for adoption.

The goal of the Summit County Hazard Prevention Plan is to provide the citizens of Summit County with the necessary assessments and recommendations in order to implement actions which reduce or eliminate long term risks to human life and property from hazards.

Hazards for Summit County listed nine hazards in order of severity. Winter storms was No. 1.. This type of emergency poses the most difficult response effort due to road conditions which impede or prohibit vehicle movement, according to the report.

In the last 35 years, Summit County has experienced 13 major storms.

The second hazard is transportation incidents which include commercial and private aviation incidents, roadway incidents, pipelines and rail traffic incidents that may or may not involve hazardous materials. This type of emergency could potentially result in long-range effects, especially when hazardous materials are involved.

Fatality and injury have a potential to be high, particularly in urban areas of state Route 8, Interstate 76 and Interstate 77, according to the report. In the last 40 years Summit County, has experienced 10 large-scale incidents. The probability of future events is slight to moderate.

The third-highest incident in severity is hazardous materials with a spill of toxic or noxious material at a fixed site or in a transportation incident. There is no one predominate chemical produced in Summit County.

In addition to the extremely hazardous substance facilities, Summit County's Local Emergency Planning Committee maintains files on more than 377 facilities holding reportable chemicals known as extremely hazardous.

Other incidents include civil disturbances and terrorism; tornadoes and severe storms; drought; subsidence and landslides; flood and dam failures; and infectious diseases.

The entire plan is available on the city's website www.hudson.oh.us under the agenda for the July 8 Council workshop.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

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