Public meeting to focus on updating Berkeley's hazard mitigation plan

Berkeley County Emergency Preparedness Department is working with the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (COG) to host a public meeting this month to develop and update the Berkeley County hazard mitigation plan.

The plan identifies risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters, including everything from flooding, drought, tornadoes and earthquakes to wildfires and dam failures, among other emergency types. The plan also develops long-term strategies for protecting the community from future natural hazard events.

The hazard mitigation plan is Berkeley County’s official policy and planning document on how the county intends to approach hazards. It was last updated in 2015.

The plan is also a requirement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the county to receive funding for various projects. The county is working in partnership with the COG.

Feedback from the meeting and survey will be used in conjunction with 911 data, along with information from GIS mapping and state and federal databases.

The meeting is set for 5-6:30 p.m. July 25 in the assembly room of the Berkeley County Administration Building, located at 1003 Highway 52 in Moncks Corner.

Residents are also encouraged to take an online survey to help identify the biggest concerns in the county and work toward a solution.