A Coordination, Education, and Mitigation Model for Disaster Preparedness in Coastal Areas.
COASTAL AREA PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION BRUNSWICK GA
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The local elected officials of coastal Georgia have recognized the need for a coordinated disaster preparedness program. As as result, a study was undertaken by the Coastal Area Planning and Development Commission APDC to determine the most effective manner of coordinating the array of storm related plans that currently exist in the area. Since most disasters, natural or man-made, are a regional problem, it was determined that preparedness measures should be a regional effort. The need for a coordinative mechanism at the regional level became apparent. In December, 1979, the Coastal APDC met with Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA officials in Washington to discuss the viability of implementing a regionwide disaster preparedness program along the coast of Georgia. The overall goal of the project was to strengthen local governments capacity in civil preparedness matters. This was proposed to be accomplished through the direct provision of technical assistance to local governments by substateregional planning agencies. The Coastal APDCs formal proposal called for a four element program -- planning, mapping, education, and mitigation and was entitled Coordination, Education and Mitigation Model for Coastal Georgia Storm Preparedness. At the time the proposal was submitted to FEMA, it was stressed by the Coastal APDC that the project was unique in approach and possessed the potential for use by FEMA as a nationwide model for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
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