MEDIA CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County’s Office of Emergency Management will host an open public meeting July 20 in order to receive input from residents on the County’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan.

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Plan studies the natural and manmade hazards that present the biggest risks to Mercer County and establishes goals that seek to prevent or lessen the impact of these potential disasters. The main threat to Mercer is flooding, but the plan also targets other hazards.

County and municipal officials have had several meetings during the process of drafting the plan, which is scheduled to be completed this summer. The County is seeking the input of the public at the next PDM meeting from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 20, 2010 at the Dempster Fire Training Center, 350 Lawrence Station Road. Residents can comment on aspects of the plan, ask questions, and offer ideas of their own on how to mitigate disasters.

Emergency management and its partners in each of the 13 municipalities, law enforcement, and other agencies work not only to provide post-disaster damage repair and recovery, but to identify potential areas of concern and initiate solutions before disasters occur. With careful selection, pre-disaster mitigation actions can be a long-term, cost-effective means of reducing the risk of loss and creating a more disaster-resistant and sustainable community.

The PDM plan is an effort to prevent and minimize future loss of life, injury, property damage, and economic disruption as a result of natural or man-made disasters. The creation of the PDM plan also makes Mercer County eligible for federal monies to be used to address vulnerable assets or locations.