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For Immediate Release
Media Release Date:  September 15, 2016
Contact:Jack White, Owen County Emergency Management Agency (813-829-5035)
Public Presentation of the Owen County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
Spencer, IN(September 15, 2016) – Owen County, in cooperation with the Town of Gosport and the Town of Spencer have prepared an update to the 2010 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP) to address the risk and vulnerability of communities in the County which may be affected by known natural, technological, and political hazards.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires communities to update their MHMP every 5 years in order to be eligible for any future mitigation funding through the State Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The intent of the MHMP is to plan for a disaster before it occurs in order to reduce the physical, social and economical impact of that disaster.
The draft Owen County MHMP Update has been placed in the Owen County Emergency Management Agency Office (129 South Washington Street).  An electronic version may be accessed through the County’s website at www.owencounty.in.gov.  Topics covered in the Update include: an overview of the planning requirements; a summary of the risk assessment and vulnerability analysis; and proposed mitigation projects for prevention, property protection, natural resource protection, emergency services, structural control projects, and public information. 
Comments will be accepted through Friday, September 30, 2016.  Please submit comments to Jack White 813-829-5035 or jack.white@owencounty.in.gov

Click the documents below to download a copy of the draft plan.

Welcome to Owen County

Owen County was established by an act of the Indiana Legislature, 1818-1819, but was being settled as early as 1816.  Indiana became a state in 1816, and was settled from the bottom up by land-hungry, adamantly independent Scotch-Irish, German and English folk with Appalachian frontier roots, including veterans of the American Revolution and the War of 1812.  Comrades of Kentuckian Abraham Owen, who dies in the Battle of Tippecanoe, named the county in his honor.