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Ramsey County disaster preparation meetings on Tuesday

Ramsey County will hold two meetings Tuesday to get public input into a proposed All-Hazard Mitigation Plan that officials say will help communities in the county “prepare for a variety of hazards, such as flooding, tornadoes, and terrorism before they occur.”

Of concern: how should the county and cities plan for major fires, floods and other natural disasters, or acts of terrorism? Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security officials are working with local emergency responders and the public to come up with the plan before such catastrophes occur.

They want the plan to “outline goals, objectives and strategies for the county in order to coordinate efforts to reduce the effects of disasters.”

When a final plan is approved by the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the county and cities adopting the plan will be eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program project funds.

The meetings, on Tuesday, are at 3:30 and 6 p.m. at the Ramsey County Plato Building, 90 W. Plato Blvd. in St. Paul.

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