Kansas City, MO -- On June 26, local, state and federal partners will gather at the Council Bluffs Community Hall, 205 South Main St., to discuss strategies to make Council Bluffs a more disaster- resistant community. The meeting, hosted by Council Bluffs Mayor Thomas P. Hanafan and the Council Bluffs City Council, will start at noon and end at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Iowa Emergency Management Division Administrator Ellen Gordon, Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency Director Terry Hummel and Phil Kirk, acting mitigation division director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VII (which includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska) are among the officials who will attend the meeting.
FEMA's and the state of Iowa's invitation to Council Bluffs to participate as a FEMA Project Impact community prompted this community meeting. Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities is a nationwide initiative which is shifting the focus from simply responding to disasters to taking actions in advance to prevent their potentially devastating effects. Project Impact began in 1997 with seven pilot communities and now has nearly 250 designated communities and over 1,100 business partners throughout the United States.
The point of this meeting is to show the vision and solicit input from Council Bluffs citizens to help focus and guide the community's priorities in the development of Project Impact in the city. Agenda items include mitigation activities conducted, opportunities and plans for future projects and partnering between private sector and government entities.