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    Benton County Hazard Mitigation Plan Section IV.

    IV. Goals, Objectives and Mitigation

    Strategies

    Goals, objectives and mitigation strategies in this section were selected and prioritized based on

    the most common likely occurrences of possible hazards in Benton County and those of most

    concern to the participants in the Hazard Mitigation process as discussed in Section V.

Various strategies are based on what is most likely to assist in the protection of citizens within

    Benton County as well as mitigation of damages to infrastructure in the County due to these

    potential hazards.

Prior to the implementation of the strategies listed in the Plan, the County will utilize a cost-benefit

    analysis in the ranking and selection of projects to insure the projects with the greatest impacts are

    chosen.

    Hazard: Summer Storms

    Goal 1 Violent Storms: Decrease the negative impact of storms

    Objectives:

    ? Ensure adequate notification capabilities

    ? Educate the public on the hazards of such things as lightning, straight line winds,

     tornadoes, hail, etc.

    Strategies:

    ? Attempt to insure the presence of weather radios in all public buildings where large

     events take place

    ? Brochures, public meetings, press releases, make information available in other

     needed languages when possible

    Responsible Parties: The public through government education

    Time Frame: Ongoing

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time which will have to be based on approved budget

    constraints.

    Goal 2 Violent Storms:

    Objectives:

    ? Check into further need for storm shelters and tornado drill plans

    Strategies:

    ? Try to ensure that businesses in county have tornado drill plans in place

    ? Try to ensure that places such as mobile home parks and public parks have some sort

     of storm shelters where possible

    ? See if zoning ordinances can call for placement of storm shelters

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    Responsible Parties: Benton County Emergency Management and other local

    jurisdictions

    Time Frame: Ongoing for education, zoning ordinances unknown

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time.

    Hazard: Hazardous Materials Goal 1 Hazardous Materials: Anhydrous Ammonia

    Objectives:

    ? Attempt to reduce the number of accidental and intentional releases that occur

    every year

    Strategies:

    ? Better education to the public in the handling of anhydrous ammonia in the

     prevention of accidental releases.

    ? Seek tougher laws for those caught damaging/releasing anhydrous ammonia

     meth lab users

    ? Fencing at storage locations of all hazardous materials

    ? Keep map updated on locations of all hazardous materials

    ? Develop emergency warning system to warn and instruct at risk persons as to the

     existence of a specific threat and what to do.

    Responsible Parties: Local government, retailers and farmers

    Time Frame: Yearly - in particular prior to the spring planting season. Laws passed at

    the legislative session

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time for educational portion, Dependant on

    manufacturers’ finances regarding fencing issues, Cost of warning system dependant

    on type of system sought and cost of such systems and finances available from grant

    funds for such purposes.

    Goal 2 Hazardous Materials: Liquid Petroleum (LP)

    Objectives:

    ? Reduce the improper handling of LP tanks or other filling devices related to LP

    tanks and the equipment that uses LP (outdoor grills, automobiles, furnaces, etc.)

    Strategies:

    ? Educate the public through media coverage on these issues

    ? Keep map updated on locations of all hazardous materials

    ? Develop emergency warning system to warn and instruct at risk persons as to the

     existence of a specific threat and what to do. (covered under Goal 1)

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    Responsible Parties: Benton Emergency Management in cooperation with local

    government, manufacturers, retailers / suppliers, pipeline groups

    Time Frame: Ongoing

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time; generally no additional cost when it is a public

    service issue through the media (paper, radio, TV)

    Goal 3 Hazardous Materials: Natural gas

     Objectives:

    ? Educate the general public and private sector in the handling of natural gas,

    including the digging near natural gas pipelines

    Strategies:

    ? Assist the natural gas industry in distributing pipeline safety information to the

     public.

    ? Keep map updated on locations of all hazardous materials

    ? Develop emergency warning system to warn and instruct at risk persons as to the

     existence of a specific threat and what to do. (covered under Goal 1)

    Responsible Parties: Benton County in cooperation with the natural gas industry

    (pipeline safety group)

    Time Frame: Yearly

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time and dependant on the natural gas industry

    continuing the training and reeducation, as they do for first responders

Hazard: Fire

    Goal 1 Fire Risks Reduced:

    Objectives:

    ? Educate the public on the dangers of fire, risks to homes and property in more

     risky areas

    ? Minimize wildfire risks within Benton County

    Strategies:

    ? DNR FireWise program --get Fire Departments / Boy Scouts / CERT team

     members / Explorers / 4H / other volunteer organizations to help with FireWise

     home inspection mitigation.

    ? Have information available on county website

    ? Write articles for newspapers

    ? Distribute FireWise brochures

    ? 911 addressing and GPS all at risk residences and businesses.

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    Responsible Parties: Coordination through Benton County Emergency management

    volunteers from fire departments, Benton County Information Services, office staff,

    other volunteer organizations, Central Minnesota Mutual Aid.

    Time Frame: By end of 2005, ongoing for education

    Estimated Cost: Grants are available to cover the approximately $43,000 costs.

    Hazard: Flood

Goal 1 Flood: Reduce Benton County’s vulnerability to flood

    Objectives:

    ? Reduce the number of properties vulnerable to flooding

    Strategies:

    ? Buy out existing homes that are in the floodplain and have occupants relocate

    Responsible Parties: Benton County, FEMA

    Time Frame: Indefinite, depends on available funding

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time and based on budgets and grants

Goal 2 Flood: Reduce the level of flooding

    Objectives:

    ? Ensure proper water drainage

    Strategies:

    ? Encourage and ensure that culverts and drainage ditches in the county are

     clear and unobstructed so that maximum flood water dispersal is possible

    ? Investigate the feasibility of a gate system to prevent backflow from the

     Mississippi to flood Little Rock Lake

    Responsible Parties: Benton County Public Works Department, possibly DNR (beavers)

    Time Frame: Ongoing as budgets allow Estimated

    Cost: Based on budgets and grants

    Goal 3 Flood: Reduce safety hazards during times of flooding

    Objectives:

    ? Make sure county, cities, and townships have enough flags and barricades to be

     able to mark flooded roads

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    ? Develop emergency warning system to warn and instruct at risk persons as to the

     existence of a specific threat and what to do. (covered under Goal 1 Hazmat.)

    Strategies:

    ? Take survey of county/city/townships to find out if they have adequate numbers.

    Responsible Parties: Benton County Emergency Management

    Time Frame: 2004-2005

    Estimated Cost: Based on budgets and grants and In-house staff time

    Hazard: Infectious Disease / Bio-Terrorism

Goal 1 Increase awareness of Infectious Diseases: SARS / Influenza Pandemic / Small

    Pox / Anthrax and other bio-terrorism threats

    Objectives:

    ? Increase overall public awareness of the different diseases and probable

    bio-terrorism types

    Strategies:

    ? Develop a public education program to help educate the public in the probable

     events, what to do if an event occurs, media coverage

    ? Add information to county website

    Responsible Parties: County Emergency Management and Public Health in cooperation

    with the state and federal governments and the Centers for Disease Control.

    Time Frame: Minimum of yearly, but in the event of a global outbreak education

    must occur as it happening somewhere else

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time

    Goal 2 Infectious Disease: SARS / Influenza Pandemic / Small Pox / Anthrax and other bio-terrorism threats

    Objectives:

    ? Better educate public health professionals

    Strategies:

    ? Encourage and assist when possible the continued education and research in these

    fields by our public health professionals

    Responsible Parties: Emergency Management and Public Health

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    Time Frame: Yearly or as an event is occurring

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time Goal 3 Infectious Disease: SARS / Influenza Pandemic / Small Pox / Anthrax and other

    bio-terrorism threats

    Objectives:

    ? Protect and educate First Responders, EMD/LE

    Strategies:

    ? Provide education and protective equipment such as PAPR-Breath Easy suits and

    etc.

    ? Responsible Parties: All levels of government

    ? Time Frame: Constant

     Estimated Cost: In-house staff time and also dependant upon types of training given

     and the cost of protective equipment

    Hazard: Winter Storm

    Goal 1 Winter Storm: Improve Public Awareness

    Objectives:

    ? Educate the public on the dangers of winter storms

    Strategies:

    ? Use internet postings, radio and news articles on dangers of winter storms and on

    what to have to be prepared for weather at home, work and traveling

    Responsible Parties: Local government

    Time Frame: Annually

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time and public service donated through the media

Goal 2 Winter Storm:

     Objectives:

    ? Better alert/notification systems

    Strategies:

    ? Provide weather radios to all schools, day cares, hospitals, nursing homes, large

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     private and public buildings (businesses)

    ? Develop emergency warning system to warn and instruct at risk persons as to the

     existence of a specific threat and what to do. (Covered under Goal 1 Hazmat.)

    Responsible Parties: Emergency Management with aid from Project Impact

    Time Frame: Within the next 3-5 years

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time and based on budgets and grants

Hazard: Radiological Incident

    Goal 1 Radiological Incident:

    Objectives:

    ? General education of the public

    Strategies:

    ? Media coverage, education and planning meetings at the contractor level in

    addition to the general public

    Responsible Parties: Local government and private sector

    Time Frame: Yearly as a general overview of “what ifs”

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time and dependant if completed as a public media service

    Goal 2 Radiological Incident: Better alert system (EAS Emergency Alert System)

    Objectives:

    ? Educate the public in the different types of alert systems and what they mean,

    provide an indoor and outdoor system

    Strategies:

    ? Public notices utilizing public radio, etc.

    ? Develop emergency warning system to warn and instruct at risk persons as to the

     existence of a specific threat and what to do. (covered under Goal 1 Hazmat.)

    Responsible Parties: Emergency Management and local governments in

    cooperation with facility owners

    Time Frame: Material information should be ongoing; emergency warning system,

    5 10 years

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    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time for educational portion and dependant on grant funding availability for warning system and costs of available systems.

    Hazard: Terrorist Attack

    Goal 1 Terrorist Attack:

    Objectives:

    ? Prepare all emergency responders

    Strategies:

    ? Ensure all emergency responders are adequately equipped

    ? Ensure all emergency responders are adequately trained

    ? NIMS (National Emergency Incident Management System)

    Responsible Parties: Emergency Management and Local governments Time Frame: Biannually

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time, depending on availability of funding from the Federal, state, and local governments

    Goal 2 Terrorist Attack: Provide better communications Objectives:

    ? Ensure all responders have the proper ability to communicate with each other

    and other departments

    Strategies:

    ? Equip all responders with an 800 or 900 MHz system

    Responsible Parties: Local governments with help from State and Federal government Time Frame: Within the next 10 years, depending on the availability of grant or other funding

    Estimated Cost: An estimated $5-7 million (or more) for Benton County alone

    Goal 3 Terrorist Attack:

    Objectives:

    ? Educate the general public on all probable terrorist incident types

    Strategies:

    ? Provide education to the public via actual training seminars with proper

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     professionals, such as law enforcement and public health

    Responsible Parties: Benton Emergency Management in cooperation with Federal, state,

    and local authorities

    Time Frame: Quarterly / biannually or based on known threat

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time and trainers provided by State of Minnesota.

    Hazard: Drought

Goal 1 Drought:

    Objectives: Reduce financial losses to farmers from crop loss due to drought

    Strategies:

    ? Encourage farmers to purchase crop insurance through newspaper articles and

     education

    ? Add information to county website

    Responsible Parties: Benton County Emergency Management in cooperation with local

    media outlets

    Time Frame: Ongoing

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time Goal 2 Drought:

    Objectives:

    ? Reduce water usage during droughts to ensure necessary amounts are

    available

    Strategies:

    ? Watering bans when needed

    ? Enforcement of watering bans when called for

    Responsible Parties: City governments

    Time Frame: When needed

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time for enforcement by city water departments / Law

    enforcement / Public works departments.

    Goal 3 - Drought:

    Objectives:

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    ? Educate people on the additional dangers of wild fires during times of drought

    Strategies:

    ? FireWise program and media outlets

    Responsible Parties: Benton County Emergency Management Time Frame: At time of drought

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time

    Hazard: Extreme Temperatures

    Goal 1 Extreme Temperatures:

    Objectives:

    ? Identify those who might be most susceptible to weather extremes, such as those in

    financial need and the elderly

    Strategies:

    ? This can be done by way of questionnaires sent out through property tax notices

    and through news articles

    Responsible Parties: Benton County Emergency Management with assistance from Auditor / Treasurer’s Office, Public Health

    Time Frame: Annually

    Estimated Cost: In-house staff time, staff and mailings already provided for mailing out property tax notices

    Goal 2 Extreme Temperatures:

    Objectives:

    ? Identify areas where people could go in the event that homes are unsafe due to

    temperature extremes

    Strategies:

    ? Form a plan with city governments, work with the Red Cross

    Responsible Parties: Benton County Emergency Management, city governments, Red Cross

Time Frame: 2003-2005

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