March 2, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Crawford Electric Cooperative’s hazard mitigation plan available for review
Crawford Electric Cooperative has completed the final draft of its local hazard mitigation plan and is now making it available for public comment.
Persons wishing to review the plan may access it on the MRPC website at www.meramecregion.org or by requesting a copy at Crawford Electric Cooperative, located at 10301 North Service Road in Bourbon. Deadline for comments is March 15.
Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) worked in partnership with Crawford Electric Cooperative to create the plan, which is a part of a statewide plan initiated by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives and coordinated by Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments in Maryville.
The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives elected to have a statewide hazard mitigation plan for all rural electric cooperatives in 2010 so that its members would be eligible for federal Hazard Mitigation grants under the Stafford Act. Each individual rural electric cooperative in Missouri worked with its local regional planning commission to create its own strategies for the statewide plan. By participating in the plan, each cooperative is eligible to apply for state HGMP funding. The grant funds, when available, may be used toward potential mitigation projects including stabilizing structures and facilities to minimize damages caused from natural disasters. Examples include burying electrical lines and upgrading utility poles. Crawford Electric Cooperative has been working to create its mitigation chapter of the statewide plan with MRPC since January 2011.
All comments may be addressed to MRPC Assistant Director and Environmental Programs Manager Tammy Snodgrass at email@example.com. Contact Snodgrass for questions regarding the plan at 573-265-2993. MRPC is located at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James.