Gorham, NH -- As natural and man-made disasters continue to make national headlines, our own local community leaders are taking steps to reduce the effect of Gorham's next natural disaster event, according to Becky Couture, coordinator for Project Impact 2000.
Gorham's Town Manager, Bill Jackson, announced today that a community-wide Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee will be formed to develop the town's first Hazard Mitigation Plan. The town is currently organizing the task force and requesting that various community leaders assist in the development of the Plan. Potential Committee participants include representatives from the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, Department of Public Works, Planning Board, Fire Department, Police Department, School District, Ambulance Service, businesses and local residents.
The first Committee meeting will be on August 1, 2000 at 6:00pm at the Gorham Town Hall Auditorium. This meeting will cover an introduction to Hazard Mitigation Planning and will formally identify participants on the Committee. The general public is highly encouraged to attend and, if interested, to be a member of the Committee.
Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses, as are appropriate building codes and land-use ordinances. Flooding is our most noticeable natural hazard. With the development of the Hazard Mitigation Plan, community leaders will be able to identify goals and actions for reducing the flood hazard. Gorham's Community leaders want the town to be a disaster resistant community and believe that the development of a Hazard Mitigation Plan will bring Gorham one step closer to that goal.