Sumter County is vulnerable to a variety of hazards such as hurricanes, tornados, flooding, and wildfires that could affect its social, structural, environmental, and economic well-being. These hazards threaten the life and safety of county residents. They have the potential to damage or destroy both public and private property, and disrupt the local economy and overall quality of life of individuals who live, work, and vacation in the community.
It is the goal of the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners, its municipalities, and various public and private sector stakeholders to work collectively to mitigate the potential impacts of all hazards that threaten the community’s life, property, and economy. The concept and practice of reducing risk to people and property from known hazards is known as hazard mitigation. Hazard mitigation is most effective when based on an inclusive, comprehensive, and long-term plan that is developed before a disaster occurs.
Emergency Management has been working on a new version of the Sumter County Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) and the Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA). We invite all members of the Public to read the plan and provide input on it. A draft version is posted below along with a link for feedback on the document.