Planning commission reviews hazard mitigation

On August 22 the Mifflin County Planning Commission met to review the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Update.

According to a report from planning commission officials, hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property resulting from natural and human-made hazards.

A Multi-hazard Mitigation Plan is a community-driven, living document that communities use to reduce their vulnerability to hazards. Communities must have a plan to apply for and receive mitigation grants. These grants can augment local mitigation activities already being done. Ultimately, these actions reduce vulnerability, and communities are able to recover more quickly from disasters.

A copy of the 20-page report from the meeting is attached to this article. Area residents seeking additional information can go online to the Mifflin County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Project Website at They may also contact Planning and Development Director Bill Gomes at, or David Nitsch of Delta Development Group, Inc. at