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Silex, Mo. - A few days after severe weather blew through the area, Silex’s Board of Alderman reviewed how the town would handle future disasters during its monthly meeting on Dec. 13.

The board took up debate on the updated Lincoln County Hazard Mitigation Plan, a FEMA-approved measure, which was put together with assistance from Boonslick Regional Planning. The Lincoln County Hazard Mitigation Plan is a multi-jurisdictional plan that represents several local governments within the county.

The plan was prepared pursuant to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. In accordance with DMA 2000 requirements, Lincoln County and participating jurisdictions must update the plan every five years. The most recent past multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan for the county was updated and approved on Dec. 15, 2016.

The purpose of the plan is to reduce loss of life and property by minimizing the impact of natural disasters, including how the region rebuild after a disaster and how victims will be rescued.

During discussion, alderman discussed what would happen if Silex didn’t adopt the plan. It was determined the city would pay for any services it would need after a disaster out of pocket.

“From my understanding, the federal government mandates this to protect us (in the event of a disaster),” Alderman Stuart Gambrill said. 

Alderman Chuck Turbyeville agreed, citing his experiences with FEMA/SEMA during his term as Silex mayor.

“It looks like FEMA/SEMA wants us to be on the same page,” he said. “I wouldn’t want us to be left out of that.”

Turbyeville made a motion to adopt the plan, which was seconded by Alderman Steve McDonald. The plan was passed unanimously.

In other business, the board unanimously passed a resolution consolidating Sunshine Law records into one public document. The resolution intends to clarify and simply the process, according to board members.