Boise, Idaho -- On Thursday, July 29, Mayor Brent Coles will welcome an extensive partnership of local businesses, universities and government agencies to kick off Boise's Project Impact: building a disaster resistant community initiative. Project Impact is a nation-wide initiative designed to change the way America deals with disasters through local stakeholder partnerships, and according to FEMA Regional Director David L. de Courcy, it's a concept that has been well received in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in Idaho.
"Our communities are as unique as the natural hazards that threaten them," said de Courcy. "Time and time again the lesson driven home when disaster strikes is that there's no substitute for solid preparedness planning, and that the time to start mitigating against a disaster's worst effects is before disaster strikes. Boise's Project Impact partnership tackles their most serious natural hazards head-on." Mayor Coles agrees. "Our goal under Project Impact is to build partnerships to reduce the economic loss and potential loss of life caused by floods, mudflows, wildfires and earthquakes," said Coles. "We're serious about building a safer community, not only for ourselves, but for future generations as well."
This Thursday's Project Impact ceremonies will include tours of mudflow and earthquake mitigation successes prior to the formal Memorandum of Agreement signing at the Old Boise Train Depot, at 3:15 p.m.