Citizen Input Sought on Natural Hazards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               Contact: Terry Lane,

January 26, 2018                                                          Dallas County Emergency Management Director



Citizen Input Sought on Natural Hazards


Dallas County is undergoing an update of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. As part of the plan update process, citizens are asked to provide feedback on what natural hazards pose the greatest threat to their community. The public survey is available online at or Paper copies are available at Buffalo City Hall and the Dallas County Administration Building.


The Dallas County Commission has contracted with the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG) and SEMA to prepare a five-year update to the Dallas County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.


Effective November 1, 2003, any county in Missouri that is declared a federal disaster area must have an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan in place to be eligible for HMGP funding.  Hazard mitigation, as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is any action taken to eliminate or reduce the loss of life or property as the result of a disaster event.  HMGP funds may be used to fund projects that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters as well as provide a long-term solution to a problem.  Many types of projects can be funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program including improving bridges at low water crossings, floodplain buyouts, and constructing community saferooms.