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 original plan was adopted in 2006 and updated in 2013. The Kankakee County Regional Planning Commission with the assistance of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Task Force will be responsible for performing this 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. 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 on this website.
In order to gather information from Kankakee County citizens regarding natural hazards, the planning staff has created an online survey. This survey will be available until April 16, 2018, for citizens to share their natural hazard experiences. View the Citizen Survey.
January 18, 2018: The first meeting of the Kankakee Regional Planning Commission and the formation of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Task Force will be held at 10:30 am on this date on the 4th floor of the Kankakee County Administration Building located at 189 E Court Street in downtown Kankakee.