The April 2007 Nor’Easter, Tropical Storm Irene, and October snowstorm Alfred are recent events that caused severe damage in Connecticut and resulted in Federal disaster declarations. Flooding, heavy snow, wind, and other natural hazards can cause damage to property, disrupt our daily routines, close our schools and businesses, and jeopardize the health and safety of Meriden citizens and business owners.
What can be done to minimize our vulnerabilities to natural hazards? The City of Meriden is developing a natural hazard mitigation plan to identify sustained activities that can be undertaken before natural hazards occur in order to minimize property damage, risk of life, and the costs to all of us. The plan will discuss the occurrence and consequences of floods, winter storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and tropical storms, wildfires, earthquakes, and dam failure. While recognizing that Meriden is already taking action to reduce flooding in several locations, the plan will outline the steps that Meriden can continue taking to mitigate for future natural hazards.
In order to gain input to the hazard mitigation plan, the City will host a forum at City Hall on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 6:30 PM. Residents and business owners are invited to share their experiences with natural hazards and offer ideas for minimizing the damage that occurs and the costs that are borne by the City and its citizens. For more information, please contact Mr. Brian Ennis at (203) 630-4018.