Representatives from Dickey County Emergency Management and the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services will host a “Community Coffee” from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Fireside Family Restaurant in Ellendale, North Dakota. The purpose of the event is to gather public input about potential hazards and threats in the area and to identify ways to reduce risk posed by disasters.
The event is free and open to the public, and coffee and other refreshments will be served.
The “Community Coffee” public outreach strategy originated to develop further partnerships between the state and local and tribal mitigation planning teams. Based on analysis by emergency planners, and with input from the public, planning teams are better able to develop strategies to mitigate the impacts of natural and technological hazards and adversarial threats and to build disaster-resilient communities.
North Dakota has been a leader in hazard mitigation and recently achieved “enhanced status” from FEMA. The achievement signified the state’s commitment to hazard mitigation and makes North Dakota’s communities eligible for increased federal mitigation funding following a disaster declaration. Those with an enhanced plan receive Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds based on 20 percent of the total estimated eligible Stafford Act disaster assistance, versus 15 percent for those with non-enhanced mitigation plans.