Reducing Risks is a Community Activity
Hillsborough County residents and business owners, including those in Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City, are invited to participate in developing the community's risk mitigation strategy by providing feedback on the 5-year update to Hillsborough County's Local Mitigation Strategy and Floodplain Management Plan (LMS).
The LMS is the all-hazards guide developed to provide the community information about the risks - such as floods, wildfires, tornados, thunderstorms, and hurricanes - that they could possibly face while living in Hillsborough County. It also includes the mitigation techniques that residents, businesses, and local government may implement to help lessen the risks.
The County will be holding a series of open house meetings to engage the community in the LMS update process. At the meetings Public Works Hazard Mitigation staff will:
- Answer questions and receive suggestions from residents
- Provide information about what local government is doing to mitigate hazards
- Present the process of how the LMS is being updated
- Explain how residents can take action to protect their families, businesses, and property
The same information will be available at all the meetings:
- May 13: at 6 p.m., Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave. in Tampa
- May 14: at 6 p.m., Maureen B. Gauzza Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. in Tampa
- May 15: at 6 p.m., Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St. in Plant City
- May 16 at 5 p.m., Southshore Regional Service Center, 410 30th St. SE in Ruskin
Volunteer Working Group
Residents and representatives from public and private organizations can also get involved in updating the LMS by joining the Local Mitigation Strategy Working Group, which serves as the community-wide all-hazards committee. The group is at the core of the unified multi-jurisdictional mitigation planning process for Hillsborough County, providing coordination and partnership among governmental units, commercial enterprises (industry partners), and citizen groups.