BISMARCK, N.D. -- Residents of Minot can help plan the area's long-term recovery at a Community Open House on Monday, Sept. 19, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Jim Hill Middle School, 1000 6th Street SW, Minot, ND.
Homeowners and renters, business people and students, families and individuals - all are asked to take an active part and share their ideas on how they want Minot to look and feel five to 15 years down the line and beyond. Among the topics open for suggestions and discussion are housing, infrastructure, economic development, education, recreation, health and social services, nature, culture and community planning. Those attending the meeting will be given a chance to submit anonymous written comments on these topics.
The Minot open house is part of series of grassroots meetings that will help shape the Souris Basin Region Recovery Strategy and the long-term recovery of Minot, Burlington and outlying communities in Ward County. The first round of meetings in September will identify long-term issues and hear suggestions from residents. At a second round of meetings in October, residents will be asked to prioritize the key recovery projects they identified during the first meetings.
In facilitating the public participation, a long-term recovery team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working closely with county and state officials, community leaders, chambers of commerce and the local business community to shape the area's future.
The team's mission is to promote successful long-term recoveries for communities suffering extraordinary damages by devising strategies, identifying potential sources of funding, and providing technical assistance in the form of impact analyses and planning support.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.