Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 With hope that the document is never required, the City of Greer and All Clear Emergency Man- agement Group of Raleigh, N.C., opened a proof of the city’s updated hazard mitigation plan for public comment. The document is important to all residents in the City of Greer because it is designed to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. As stated in the draft’s introduction: In order to minimize the impact of hazard events on the City of Greer, the city must assess its vulnerability to man-made and natural hazard events, determine what resources it has available to dedicate towards hazard mitigation, and establish and carry out the specific steps which will reduce the city’s vulnera- bilities. The Federal Emergency Management Agen- cy (FEMA) cites several advantages of developing and updating an effective hazard mitigation plan: • Increase education and awareness around threats, hazards, and vulnerabilities; • Build partnerships for risk reduction involving government, organizations, businesses and the public; • Identify long-term, broadly-supported strategies for risk reduction; • Align risk reduction with other community objectives; • Identify implementation approaches that focus resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities; • Communicate priorities to potential sources of funding. A FEMA approved hazard mitigation plan is also a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergen- cy disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. Fire Chief Dorian Flowers presented the updated document to Greer City Council, which unanimously approved it on November 8. Updated Hazard Mitigation Plan approved Railfest became the City of Greer’s newest festival in September, providing families with a way to celebrate the city’s railroad heritage. All Aboard for Railfest! 3