Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Update
The County of Kankakee has begun the process of updating its Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. This update will present a strategy for reducing the County's vulnerability to the impacts of natural hazard events such as floods and tornadoes. The County's previous plan was adopted in 2006.

Hazard Mitigation planning is a proactive effort to identify actions that can be taken to reduce the dangers to life and property from natural hazard events. These long-term strategies include planning, policy and regulation changes, educational programs, infrastructure projects, and other activities. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires all municipalities and counties that wish to be eligible to receive FEMA funding for hazard mitigation grants, to adopt a local multi-hazard mitigation plan and update this plan in five year intervals.

Public participation is an important part of this planning process and members of the Kankakee County community are encouraged to submit comments and questions. If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to submit information regarding natural hazards impacting the County of Kankakee, please contact the Planning Department at 815-937-2940. Opportunities to participate are also listed in the timeline below. When a draft plan is available, it will be posted to this websit

Citizen Survey
In order to gather information from Kankakee County citizens regarding natural hazards, planning staff has created an online survey. This survey will be available until July 5, 2013 for citizens to share there natural hazard experiences. The survey can be found here: Citizen Survey
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update?
Hazard Mitigation planning is a proactive effort to identify actions that can be taken to reduce the dangers to life and property from natural hazard events.  Kankakee County adopted a hazard mitigation plan in 2006 and FEMA regulations require that the plan be updated every five years. View the 2005 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.
Why is this plan important?
The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that a community have an approved hazard mitigation plan in order to qualify for federal funding from the following grant programs:
• Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive (PDM-C)
• Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
• Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
What goes into a hazard mitigation plan?
A hazard mitigation plan assesses the community’s risks and vulnerabilities to natural hazard events such as flooding, hurricanes, winter storms, and earthquakes.  Kankakee County uses statewide data and information directly from the community to make this assessment. 
The plan includes a set of goals related to the overall goal of hazard mitigation planning, an assessment of existing mitigation measures, and a set of new mitigation measures that will serve to advance the plan goals.  The plan update will also look at implementation progress that has been made on mitigation measures from the previous plan.
How can the public become involved in the Hazard Mitigation planning process?
Public participation is very important to the hazard mitigation planning process.  FEMA requires a minimum of two public meetings.  Comments may be submitted through by email and draft versions of the plan will be posted here for review and comment. Comment may be emailed to: Dskimerhorn@k3county.net. A citizen survey has also been developed to gather opinions from the citizens of Kankakee County.  The survey can be found here: Citizen Survey
Planning staff is also gathering information from municipalities and other government agencies. A survey has been developed to gather this information. The information is needed before the June 21st meeting and preferrable before June 17th. Your cooperation is appreciated. The public entity survey can be found here: Public Services Survey
June 21st, 2013 - The first meeting of the Mitigation Advisory Task Force will be held at 10:00am on this date on the 3rd floor of the Kankakee Library located at 200 E. Court Street in downtown Kankakee.
July 5th, 2013 - Draft Plan is expected to be complete.
July 6th to July 22nd, 2013 - Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan available for public review.
July 12, 2013 - Task Force meeting will be held at 10:00 am at the Economic Alliance office on the 5th floor of 200 E. Court Street.
July 23rd, 2013 - Public Hearing, Location to be announced.
July 24th, 2013 - Planning, Zoning, & Agriculture Committee approval.
August 13th, 2013 - Kankakee County Board adoption.
TBA- Submission to IEMA for state review.
TBA - Submission to FEMA for review.


Press Release  
Draft Plan  
Cover Table of Contents
Executuve Summary Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Hazard Profile Chapter 3. Vulnerability Assessment
Chapter 4. Goals Chapter 5. Preventative Measures
Chapter 6. Property Protection Chapter 7. Emergency Management
Chapter 8. Flood Control Chapter 9. Public Information
Chapter 10. Action Plan Appendix A. Public Involvement
Appendix B. Summary of Plan Changes Appendix C. Action Plan Table

Kankakee County Planning Department
189 E. Court Street, Room 201  Kankakee, IL  60901
Phone: 815.937.2940   |   Fax: 815.937.2974
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