Kansas City, MO -- Butler County, Kansas, will formally join the disaster-resistant efforts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities, a national initiative to help change the way America deals with disasters.
A signing ceremony to officially welcome Butler County into the program is scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2001, at the El Dorado Civic Center, 201 E. Central in El Dorado, Kansas. Bob Bissell, FEMA's Region VII acting deputy regional director, and Gene Krase, director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management Director, are among the governmental and community partners who will attend the ceremony.
"Butler County identified their concerns through an assessment of natural and man-made risks and hazards. Through a partnership with each of the 13 cities within Butler County, other governmental agencies, businesses and private citizens, we believe the impact of future disasters can and will be reduced," Bissell said. "The community already has taken steps to move toward becoming more disaster resistant."
Project Impact 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.