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Posted on: August 17, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Regional Commission Seeking Input on Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

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ROANOKE, VA, (8/17/2018) - The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is conducting a comprehensive update of the existing hazard mitigation plan to assure region-wide safety and adequate preparation for the protection of the life and property of the citizens of the region. The proposed revision and update will assure that the changes in hazards and vulnerabilities within the region are identified and addressed by appropriate mitigation strategies. The current plan will be updated by means of a comprehensive review, evaluation and revision of all plan sections including the planning process, capability assessment, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, vulnerability assessment, and the plan maintenance section. The previous version of the plan is available at

The plan will cover the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke; cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem; and the towns of Buchanan, Clifton Forge, Fincastle, Iron Gate, New Castle, Troutville and Vinton. Other partners in the plan update include the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, FEMA, Virginia Department of Forestry, and National Weather Service.

According to Eddie Wells, Director of Community Development, "This survey is designed to help gauge household preparedness for natural disasters and knowledge of methods to reduce risk and loss from natural hazards such as flooding, wildfires and tornados. The information you provide will help improve public/private coordination of preparedness and risk reduction activities."

The survey can be taken online at

If you need additional accommodations to complete this survey, please contact Eddie Wells at or (540)-343-4417.
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