Wilmore updates Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

Published 5:23 pm Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The City of Wilmore joined the Fiscal Court and the City of Nicholasville in adopting a resolution to update the city’s five-year Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan at a meeting Monday night. 

Each entity is required by law to adopt a resolution for the plan if the county, and its municipalities, wish to be eligible for federal funding in the event of a natural disaster.

The plan itself is 630 pages long, and 120 of those pages are specific to Jessamine County.

The plan will provide guidance and mitigation for potential natural disasters based on either historical data or known threats within the county such as flooding, storm drainage issues and tornadoes.

Funding from organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can really help out with items that would be used in the event of a natural disaster, such as sirens, said Johnny Adams, emergency management director.

Currently, the county has 10 sirens, only two of which are in Wilmore. Adams said an additional five sirens are needed, one in particular around the High Bridge area. These sirens come with a price tag of around $20,000 each. 

The updates to the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan were constructed by officials from the City of Nicholasville, the City of Wilmore as well as Jessamine County Disaster and Emergency Services Organization (DESO) and the Jessamine County Fiscal Court.

Adams said there were no major changes to the last edition of the plan, which was updated in 2011.