Public invited to participate in the Winneshiek Co. Hazard Mitigation Plan update

Hazard risks can be natural or man-made, and cover a variety of things, such as storms and flooding, hazardous materials, infrastructure, human disease, and more.  In the coming year Winneshiek County Emergency Management, with assistance from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, will complete an update to the county’s hazard mitigation plan, including weighing hazard risks and planning mitigation actions to reduce the impacts of risks in the future.

The public is invited to be involved in the Winneshiek County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC), the group tasked with providing more in depth feedback on the plan.  Planning committee members require no previous experience to be involved.  The planning process will provide the data, materials, and questions necessary to engage committee members in thinking about hazard mitigation needs for their community.  Committee members will attend up to four meetings over the course of the coming year, with the first being held from 4 – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 at the Winneshiek County Courthouse Annex Building (201 W. Main St., Decorah, IA 52101).

Check out the Winneshiek County Hazard Mitigation Plan website at to see the current plan and related resources, to sign up for the planning committee or notifications, for contact information, and for other plan information.  Also, please take a quick public survey intended to gather valuable input for the hazard mitigation plan.  Scan this QR code and follow the link, or you can find a survey tab on the plan website. Thank you!

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