Macon-Bibb County residents’ input sought for disaster plan

The Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency is holding a second public forum Thursday to get input on its pre-disaster mitigation plan, according to a news release.

The forum will be held at 1 p.m. in the Government Center Commission Chambers, 700 Poplar St., to let people know about the plan and seek their feedback.

The Macon-Bibb EMA is working with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission and community partners on the plan that helps identify hazards the community is susceptible to, where its vulnerabilities are, and what needs to be done to stop or lessen their impact, the release said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency requires the plan to be updated every five years in order for communities to be eligible for post-disaster financial reimbursement.

“As we learned at our week-long training at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, preparation for, response to, and recovery from a disaster requires all of our organizations and neighborhoods working together to protect life and property,” Macon-Bibb EMA Director Donald Druitt said in the release. “By holding these forums, we can make sure our plans and procedures are as updated as possible so we are better prepared when the next disaster strikes.”