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Fred Simon, director
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Fred Simon

Office hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Address:
130 N Spruce St
Kingman,  KS  67068
(620) 532-5081

Resolution 2010-14 (Kingman County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan)

Whereas, the Board of Kingman County Commissioners recognizes the threat that natural hazards pose to people and property within our community; and

Whereas, undertaking hazard mitigation actions will reduce the potential for harm to people and property from future hazard occurrences; and

Whereas, the U.S. Congress passed the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 ("Disaster Mitigation Act") emphasizing the need for pre-disaster mitigation of potential hazards;

Whereas, the Disaster Mitigation Act made available hazard mitigation grants to state and local governments; and

Whereas, an adopted Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is required as a condition of future funding for mitigation projects under multiple FEMA pre- and post-disaster mitigation grant programs; and

Whereas, the Board of Kingman County Commissioners fully participated in the FEMA-prescribed mitigation planniing process to prepare this Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan; and

Whereas, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VII officials have reviewed the KINGMAN County Multi-

Hazard Mitigation Plan," and approved it contingent upon this official adoption of the participating governing body; and

Whereas, the Board of Kingman County Commissioners desires to comply with the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act and to augment its emergency planning efforts by formally adopting the KINGMAN County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan; and

Whereas, adoption by the governing body for the Board of Kingman County Commissioners demonstrates the jurisdictions' commitment to fulfilling the mitigation goals and objectives outlined in this Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Whereas, adoption of this legitimizes the plan and authorizes responsible agencies to carry out their responsibilities under the plan;

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Board of Kingman County Commissioners adopts the KINGMAN County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan" as an official plan; and

Be it further resolved, the Board of Kingman County Commissioners will submit this Adoption Resolution to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VII officials to enable the plan's final approval.

Kingman County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

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     Emergency Management is important, challenging and critical work requiring unique skills and abilities. Kingman County has a true Emergency Management Program and is covered with a full-time Emergency Manager. 
Emergency Management is defined as the coordination of local responders, state and federal agencies, and volunteer organizations. An Emergency Management program should enhance protection of the community and its citizens when disaster strikes through planning, training, and education.
     The Department of Emergency Management assists county department heads in developing and maintaining operational plans as well as standard operating guidelines. The department also may assist local industry in developing emergency plans and capabilities in support of the local government plan. Additionally, the Emergency Manager is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and revision of the Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP), which is required by state statute.
Emergency Managers in the State of Kansas are tasked with guiding their jurisdictions toward National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance. This can be a challenging task as the requirements are constantly reviewed and updated. The federal government is requiring more of the local jurisdictions every year and emergency managers (especially in rural counties such as Kingman) face a number of challenges to achieve and maintain compliance.
     Public education and citizen preparedness plays a large roll in an effective Emergency Management program. It is important that the public be aware of the power they posses to take care of themselves first, before a greater response is needed. This is accomplished through efforts such as speaking to civic groups, distributing information and providing training.
     The Emergency Manager is expected to serve as the coordinator and advisor to local officials before, during, and following disasters. In this role, the Emergency Manager brings awareness of potential, as well as existing, problems and suggests solutions based on the needs of the community and the resources available. During times of crises, the Emergency Manager keeps local officials apprised of situations so they can make the best decisions possible for response and recovery efforts.
Recent events in Kansas have made many counties aware of the crucial need for a full-time emergency manager. The Greensburg tornado, flooding and an ice storm that occurred locally and across the eastern part of the state made 2007 a record breaking year for disasters in Kansas. Disaster response is coordinated through the efforts of the local emergency manager, responders, the State Emergency Operations Center and the Federal government.

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