Lubbock County officials later this month will be holding a meeting to receive public input concerning the Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan covers Lubbock County, as a whole, plus the cities of: Buffalo Springs, Idalou, Lubbock, New Deal, Ransom Canyon, Shallowater, Slaton, and Wolfforth; public school ISDs: Abernathy, Frenship, Idalou, Lubbock, Lubbock-Cooper, New Deal, Roosevelt, Shallowater, and Slaton. The plan also covers South Plains College, Texas Tech University System, Lubbock County Hospital District, Lubbock County Water Control District #1, Reese Technology Center, and South Plains Association of Governments jurisdictions in Lubbock County.

The public meeting will be held Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Academy located in downtown Lubbock at Main Street and Avenue G.  The public is invited to attend the meeting. There will also be a Microsoft Teams option for those who are unable to attend in-person, but are still interested in getting involved in the process.

According to Lubbock County Emergency Management, the purpose of the public meeting is to "...provide a project overview from H2O Partners, Inc., consultant to the project, and solicit information from citizens. Public input will help the project team to analyze potential hazards affecting residents and recommend possible actions to reduce their impact. Hazards included are thunderstorm wind, tornado, winter storm, hail, flood, drought, wildfire, dam failure, extreme heat, lightning, and expansive soils.

"The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to minimize or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from known hazards by identifying and implementing cost-effective mitigation actions. Mitigation is defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as sustained actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects."

Before the meeting on March 31, members of the public can fill out a survey at: https://h2o.surveysparrow.com/s/Lubbock-County-Hazard-Mitigation-Plan-Update/tt-3376eec118

Questions about the Hazard Mitigation Plan should be addressed to H2O Partners, Inc., planning consultants for Lubbock County; Attn: Rhonda Murphy, Senior Mitigation Specialist by email at rmurphy@h2opartnersusa.com.

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