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PEMA Public Hearing to Be Held on Campus

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, looking for input on a plan designed to help to save lives when disaster strikes, will hold a public meeting at Pennsylvania College of Technology next month.

PEMA will host a series of Hazard Mitigation Outreach Sessions to allow the public to give input on the draft plan as the agency reviews the statewide risk assessment and proposed hazard-mitigation solutions. Local residents and officials, industry representatives, educators, students and others are encouraged to attend.

The Northcentral Region session will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, May 3, in Penn College’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

“The All-Hazards Mitigation Plan is one of the vital tools used in emergency management to lessen the impact of disasters in Pennsylvania,” said PEMA Director Robert P. French. “We’re looking for public input as we go through this process.”

The updated plan will be the blueprint for further reducing property damage and saving lives from the effects of future natural and human-made disasters. The plan, last updated in 2007, must be revised again in order for all local governments in the state to be eligible to receive certain types of state and federal funding.

Anyone seeking more information on how to become involved in the update process should contact Tom Hughes, state hazard mitigation officer, at 717- 651-2726 or by e-mail.