City adopts plan for handling 'natural hazards'
Reynoldsburg City Council approved a resolution to adopt the Franklin County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan at a meeting held Monday, Sept. 24.
Safety Director Mike Kozanecki and council's safety committee discussed the resolution during a special meeting held before the full city council meeting.
"It is a reaffirmation of the resolution passed in 2007," Kozanecki said. "Franklin County EMA (Emergency Management Association) needs a buy-in from all the local jurisdictions so they are in compliance with federal hazards requirements.
"It doesn't bind us to their rules and regulations, but tells them we support the Franklin County EMA," he said. "We would support them and work with their representatives any time there is a natural disaster."
Kozanecki said the Franklin County EMA is one of the best-equipped emergency management teams in the area.
"It is always a pleasure to work with them," he said.
The resolution notes that Franklin County has a history of damaging floods, tornadoes, severe summer and winter "and other hazards resulting in property loss, loss of life, economic hardship and threats to public health and safety."
The plan was developed "after more than a year of research and work done by Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security," according to the resolution, which was "deemed to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety."
Approval of the resolution ensures that Franklin County is eligible for federal grants after natural disasters.
The Franklin County plan calls for discouraging development in flood plains, identifying regional shelters in case of emergency and other strategies to deal with natural disasters to prevent property loss and loss of life.
Reynoldsburg City Council meets in regular sessions at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month and in committee sessions on the first and third Mondays of the month, at Reynoldsburg City Hall, 7232 E. Main St.