Kansas City, MO -- Hannibal, MO is celebrating becoming Missouri's most recent community to join Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities, an initiative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that aims to change the way America deals with disasters.
A signing ceremony to officially welcome Hannibal into the program is scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at the Hannibal Inn and Conference Center, 4141 Market St. in Hannibal. FEMA Region VII Acting Regional Director Arthur L. Freeman and Missouri State Emergency Management Agency Director Jerry Uhlmann will be among the governmental and community partners present for the ceremony.
"Hannibal has identified through an assessment of natural and man-made risks and hazards that flooding is the city's number one concern, and through this partnership among governmental entities, businesses and private citizens, we believe the impact of future disasters can and will be reduced," Freeman said. "The community already has taken great steps to move toward becoming more disaster resistant."
Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities is a national FEMA initiative that encourages communities to take steps to lessen the impact of a disaster before it strikes. These steps can include actions such as developing contingency plans that will keep businesses up and running, helping citizens with their own disaster preparedness including safe rooms and buyout or relocation of homes and businesses within the floodplain.
The city of Hannibal feels strongly about mitigation. The flood buyouts since the 1993 floods are just one example of the city's approach to building a disaster resistant community. The city has already identified all public and critical facilities as well as residential and commercial property subject to natural or man made hazards and risks.