Anchorage, Alaska -- On Thursday, June 3, 1999 Mayor Rick Mystrom and an extensive partnership of local businesses, corporations and government agencies will meet at City Hall to kick off Anchorage's Project Impact: building disaster resistant communities initiative. According to David L. de Courcy, FEMA Regional Director and a signatory at Thursday's Project Impact signing ceremony, the Memorandum of Agreement marks a commitment on the part of key community stakeholders to move on to the "next level" in terms of damage prevention and preparedness.
"Project Impact is a national initiative designed to unite the best resources at all levels of government in coalition with business, industry and civic stakeholders to reduce community vulnerability to natural and man-made disaster," said de Courcy. "Anchorage has already taken aggressive steps to mitigate the effects of wildfire, flood and earthquake events. Initial Project Impact priorities will focus on combating the wildfire threat from Hillside and Eagle River beetle-kill spruce stands by establishing defensible spaces around homes, natural firebreaks, and hazard clearance projects."
Anchorage has also been selected as FEMA's first Cooperating Technical Community (CTC) in the west. CTC is designed to enhance local floodplain management through shared ownership of flood hazard map data, and will be tailored to meet Anchorage's unique flood problems.