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Hazard plan heads to GEMA
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Forsyth County News

Local officials agreed on the final draft of the proposed hazard mitigation plan for Forsyth County during a meeting Monday.

The plan will be submitted to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, or GEMA, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

Updating the document current keeps the community eligible for disaster funding and assistance, officials have said.

The plan is required by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and is administered through GEMA.

The draft, which covers the county and Cumming, shows the area’s vulnerability to various incidents, including floods, severe storms and hazardous materials spills.

It also includes plans of action to handle such incidents.

Consultant Jason Heard of North Georgia Consulting Group reviewed the 58 projects in the plan during Monday’s meeting. Most carry over from the original, which was created in 2006.

"We completed several from the last plan," Heard said. "This plan is reviewed in some manner every year, so additional projects can be added."

Some new projects the review group added include a community security camera network, light and air apparatus, mobile radio repeater system and a mobile command trailer, which would provide emergency communication backup.