The Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG), in partnership with North Central Alabama Council of Governments (NARCOG), and the County Emergency Management Agencies (EMAs) of Cherokee, Cullman, DeKalb, and Etowah Counties have developed the first phase of the Division F Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Division F Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan details the multitude of hazards that impact the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) Division F area. There are seven AEMA emergency management divisions in the State of Alabama. AEMA Division F is located in the North-Central and Northeastern area of the State and includes Blount, Cherokee, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan counties and over 100 jurisdictions within those counties including local municipalities, utility providers, school districts, institutions of higher education, and other participating stakeholders.
The Division F regional hazard mitigation planning process is being conducted in two phases. The first phase includes a detailed update of hazard information for Cherokee, Cullman, DeKalb, and Etowah counties. The second phase will include the updates of Blount, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, and Morgan counties and will culminate in a comprehensive regional hazard mitigation plan for nine counties of the Division F region. While Marshall County is also a part of AEMA’s Division F, it was not involved in this planning process. Marshall County recently completed a county hazard mitigation plan update; therefore, it was determined that Marshall County did not need to be included in the regional plan until the plan’s next update in 2025.
TARCOG and our regional hazard mitigation planning committee partners are requesting public review and comment on the draft plan which will be available online through August 7th. If you would like to provide comments or if you have any questions please contact TARCOG Planner, Phoenix Robinson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (256) 716-2473.
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