The importance of Hazard Mitigation Plan five year updates has taken on a whole new meaning for communities within Cooper County in 2017. The last hazard mitigation plan for Cooper County was finalized in 2012. In the process of evaluating past risk assessments and developing new mitigation strategies for this year’s update, the city of Bunceton, MO attracted attention on the warning siren map.
As shown on the inserted map, the City of Bunceton hasn’t had a working warning siren for its 354 citizens within the community in 5 years. It was learned in the recent updating process that the warning siren had caught fire when test activated. For safety reasons the warning siren was dismantled and has been deemed as inoperable ever since. It was cost prohibitive for the City of Bunceton to acquire a new warning siren at that time.
Six planning meetings have taken place so far to update the Cooper County hazard mitigation plan that is due to be completed per FEMA by June 2017. Adjacent with hazard mitigation plan updates, the potential Cooper County warning siren projects are still a work in progress and have been added as a new mitigation strategy goal for the updated plan. The Cooper County hazard mitigation plan updates have been possible with the help of city, county, school district, and levee district officials. The next Cooper County Hazard Mitigation Planning Meeting will be held at the Emergency Operations Center in Boonville, MO on March 15, 2017.