Hancock County contracted with University of Illinois Extension to update the Multijurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. Additionally, Illinois State Water Survey conducted an updated HAZUS Assessment as part of the risk assessment process. Commencing at the end of the COVID Pandemic, preplanning and planning meetings were conducted from the Summer of 2022 through the Summer of 2023. It was determined that the plan would utilize the newest FEMA Planning Policy OMB Collection #1660-0062, released April 19, 2022, to take effect April 19, 2023. This change included discussions on climate change, vulnerable populations, and nature-based mitigation solutions.
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