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									                                                                               Communications



                                                                               18 North County Street – 9th Floor
                                                                               Waukegan, Illinois 60085-4355
                                                                               Phone 847 377-2550
                                                                               Fax 847 360-6732




For Immediate Release
November 22, 2005

Contact:
Joe Chekouras, Communications Specialist
(847) 377-2155
jchekouras@co.lake.il.us

     Public invited to review, provide input on natural
                   hazard mitigation plan
Natural disasters such as floods, snow storms and severe weather can strike Lake County at

anytime and without advanced warning. In order to mitigate the damage caused by these events,

and to be eligible for federal grants for natural disaster assistance, Lake County has been

working with local governments and first responders to develop a countywide “All Natural

Hazards Mitigation Plan.”

       Those who wish to review and provide input before the plan is adopted by the Lake

County Board are invited to attend a public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, at

6:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the Lake County Division of Transportation, 600 W.

Winchester Road, Libertyville.

       Paper copies of the plan are available for review at the Stormwater Management

Commission office, 333-B Peterson Road, Libertyville or in the County Administrator’s Office,

18 N. County Street, Waukegan. The plan is also available electronically on the County’s

website at http://www.co.lake.il.us/smc/planning/all hazards/allhzrds_default.asp.



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        All comments should be directed to Sara Agahi, Watershed Planner/Permit Engineer,

with the Stormwater Management Commission. Comments can be directed via telephone at

847.918.5273, fax at 847.918.9826 or via email at sagahi@co.lake.il.us.

        The process of developing the plan began in Fall 2004 with County Board Chair Suzi

Schmidt and County Board Member Stevenson Mountsier, Chair of the Stormwater Management

Commission, sending letters of invitation to key stakeholders to participate in the planning

process. A series of meetings was held with local and regional first response agencies,

businesses, non-profit interests, all local governments and interested citizens.

        Each community in Lake County received a questionnaire to facilitate the gathering of

data regarding existing and new buildings and infrastructure, available resources and response

capabilities.

        The multi-hazard plan was written to meet the requirement for receiving credit under the

Community Rating System of the National Flood Insurance Program, which will qualify

communities for lower flood insurance rates. The plan will also meet the requirements for

accessing Flood Mitigation Assistance through FEMA.

        The County hired URS Corporation of Chicago to assist in writing the Lake County

Multi-Jurisdictional All-Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, which must meet requirements outlined

in the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. With assistance for the Stormwater Management

Commission, Lake County received a grant from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to

fund development of the plan.

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