Pipestone County Hazard Mitigation Plan Review
Thank you for taking the time to review the Pipestone County Hazard Mitigation Plan draft. If you made changes directly to the document that was sent out, please send your edited file to maxk@swrdc.org. If you have not yet seen the plan draft, it can be found on the Pipestone County website. PLEASE NOTE: The very last question in this survey is required.
Name *
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Organization/Agency/Resident of (please specify if you are a county employee) *
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Please list any edits you might have to the body of the plan. This includes the background data presented for each hazard.
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STRATEGY PRIORITIZATION & COMMENTS (STAPLE+E) [OPTIONAL]
In the following OPTIONAL questions, each mitigation strategy will be listed. Please choose what priority this strategy should be. At the end you will have the opportunity to add comments and mention new mitigation strategies you would like added to the plan.

Please keep in mind the STAPLE+E criteria when prioritizing the following strategies. These are Social, Technical, Administrative, Political, Legal, Economic, and Environmental considerations. The following are examples for each:
Social: Community acceptance, adversely affects segment of population.
Technical: Technical feasibility, long-term solution, secondary impacts.
Administrative: Sufficient staffing, funding allocated, maintenance/operations.
Political: Political support, local champions, public support.
Legal: State authority, existing local authority, action potentially subject to legal challenges by opponents.
Economic: Benefits of mitigation action, cost of mitigation action, contributes to economic goals, outside funding required.
Environmental: Affects land/water bodies, affects endangered species, affects haz-mat and waste sites, consistent with community's environmental goals, consistent with federal laws.

Encourage all residents to have and use NOAA All Hazards Public Alert weather radios, with Specific Alert Message Encoding (SAME) capability.
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Work with communities to review and/or complete Continuity of Operations Planning, and encourage private businesses and families to prepare for all-hazard events.
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Develop a comprehensive media plan to provide public information about all-hazard events.
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Work with critical facilities such as hospitals and rural water suppliers to provide access to back-up power generators.
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Provide information to public and private employers, schools, and hospitals about potential infectious disease threats and prevention measures.
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Encourage Southwest Health and Human Services to continue work with MN Dept. of Health for the mass distribution of needed medicines and supplies for public health emergencies.
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Implement a quarantine plan in coordination with local doctors and other health professionals in the county.
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Ensure that citizens dependent on oxygen or respiration assistance in their homes have access to back-up power or alternative life support.
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Each spring, educate local schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and others on the importance of doing a “Severe Weather Awareness Week” workshop for their staff, including identifying evacuation routes and safety shelters.
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Conduct a study to determine areas that are deficient in safe rooms and/or not covered by warning systems; construct at least one new safe room (including in public facilities or manufactured home parks).
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Work with fire and ambulance volunteers to develop a safe shelter plan for the county including shelters, shelter capacity, and transportation routes.
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Ensure that each manufactured home park has an updated emergency management plan; work with park managers to improve communication during severe storm events; ensure that residents are familiar with the emergency management plan and that residents recognize evacuation routes and shelter sites.
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Evaluate and upgrade siren warning systems (considering study outcomes from Action 10).
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Work with MnDOT / local road authorities to identify and improve hazardous intersections and bridges.
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Increase training of emergency personnel to respond to a variety or transportation accidents.
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Use road design and living snow fences to help control snow on roadways.
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Encourage township road authorities to work with farmers to prevent cropping in road right-of-way.
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Educate the public on the importance of wellhead protection and water conservation in times of low rainfall.
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Identify the location of adequate amounts of bottled water in case of prolonged utility outage.
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Work with MDH to complete and implement Wellhead Protection Plans.
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Seek maximum application loads for commercial application of nutrients in Wellhead Protection Areas.
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Continue sewer infiltration improvements to reduce pressure on treatment capacity.
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Continue fire education including the nationally coordinated “Firewise” program.
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Work with First Responders and Fire Departments on long-range capital improvements planning for facilities and equipment.
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Encourage township road authorities to cut back road ditches and bale where appropriate to limit potential for wildfires to spread.
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Train property owners on the proper use of controlled burns and firebreaks.
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Continue to expand the use of mutual aid agreements and memoranda of understanding to improve coordination between state, local, and federal agencies, and appropriate private sector representatives.
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Educate residents on open burning hazards and solid waste rules pertaining to burn barrels.
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Work with state and federal agencies to address hazardous materials that have the potential to impact the county and region.
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Increase education of school officials, health care workers, and the general public about the warning signs of meth.
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Provide information on agricultural disease and prevention to producers and residents.
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Review the Emergency Operations Plan for response and care of animals, including disposal, in an outbreak of disease or a major hazard event.
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Local governments complete and maintain thorough community risk and threat assessments.
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Consider zoning and building code provisions to protect facilities from intentional or natural destruction. Implement applicable safety and security measures in public buildings.
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Work with DNR to review and update floodplain protection in zoning ordinance. Add check box on building/zoning permit forms indicating flood hazard areas.
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Identify specific structures in floodplains for inclusion in acquisition, relocation, or elevation projects to reduce flooding risk.
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Work closely with DNR on all development applications in identified flood hazard areas; discourage zoning variances in identified flood hazard areas.
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Encourage all property owners in flood hazard areas to purchase flood insurance.
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Jurisdictions not currently participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will review their flood hazard areas and consider participation.
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Promote buffer system along creeks and streams that are prone to flooding (e.g. grass strips, CRP).
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Prepare Public Service Announcements for local media to use during flood hazard events.
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STRATEGY COMMENTS & ADDITIONS
The following questions ask for your input on improving the plan. (A link to the plan can be found at the beginning of this survey).
List any edits/additions you would like to see to the goals & strategies (pages 214-221).
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Do you have other comments about the plan?
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How much total time did you spend reading/editing the plan and filling out this survey? *
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