Hazard Mitigation Plan for Barton County
The South Kansas (Homeland Security Region E) Multi-Hazard Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan was developed as a guide for Barton County jurisdictions and citizens to prepare for possible natural disaster events by taking actions to help mitigate the effects of potential hazards.
Mitigation is commonly defined as sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards and their effects. Hazard mitigation planning provides communities with a roadmap to aid in the creation and revision of policies and procedures, and the use of available resources, to provide long-term, tangible benefits to the community. A well designed hazard mitigation plan provides communities with realistic actions that can be taken to reduce potential vulnerability and exposure to identified hazards.
Beginning in 2012, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management began an effort to develop regional mitigation plans in an effort to provide sustainment of mitigation plans and save taxpayers money. Consequently, the Barton County Mitigation Plan was replaced with a regional mitigation plan. The new South Kansas (Homeland Security Region E) Multi-Hazrd, Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan is comprised of eight participating counties: Barton, Barber, Comanche, Edwards, Kiowa, Pawnee, Pratt and Stafford Counties. The regional plan was prepared to meet the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000), as defined in regulations set forth by the Interim Final Rule (44 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 201.6).
A regional Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC), formed by participating County Emergency Managers and State of Kansas Mitigation Planners, conducted a regional risk assessment that identified and characterized potential hazards, suggested incorporation of review elements from previous plans into new regional plan, conducted a regional vulnerability analysis, and proposed and explored potential mitigation actions. The outcome was a mitigation plan that combined each separate county plan into one regional plan.
Based upon the research conducted to complete this document, the HMPC identified goals and objectives to reduce potential risks associated with identified hazards. The goals and objectives of this multi-hazard mitigation plan are to:
Goal 1: Reduce and/or eliminate the risk to the people and property of south Kansas from the identified hazards in this plan.
Goal 2: Strive to protect all of the vulnerable populations, structures, and critical facilities in south Kansas from the impacts of the identified hazards.
Goal 3: Improve public outreach initiatives to include education, awareness and partnerships with all willing entities in order to enhance understanding of the risks south Kansas faces due to the impacts of the identified hazards.
Goal 4: Enhance communication and coordination among all agencies and between agencies and the public.
Barton County jurisdictions who participated in the planning process included: Albert, Claflin, Ellinwood, Galatia, Great Bend, Hoisington, Olmitz, Pawnee Rock, Susank, USD 112 – Central Plains/Claflin, USD 355 - Ellinwood, USD 428 - Great Bend, USD 431 - Hoisington, Barton County Community College, and, of course, Barton County (Unincorporated areas) . All of these jurisdictions have formally adopted the Hazard Mitigation Plan to comply with the DMA 2000.
The South Kansas (Homeland Security Region E) Multi-Hazard Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan is valid for 5 years, at which time it must be reviewed, updated and re-adopted. Individuals who wish to comment on the Mitigation Plan are encouraged to fill out a public comment form (see below) and return it to the Barton County Emergency Management Office.
Download the South Kansas (Homeland Security Region E) Multi-Hazard Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan:
Download the Public Comment Form