A plan on how towns will respond to natural emergencies is available for inspection

Members of the public are invited to a public information session on Tuesday, Feb. 10, that will give an overview of the draft Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan prepared by the Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WCCOG).  The session will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Wilton Town Hall Annex. Technical experts will be on hand to answer any project-related questions. The snow date is Feb. 11 from 2:30 to 4.

The plan is designed to provide residents, businesses, and emergency responders with information on storms and other extreme weather events, vulnerable locations, and methods to mitigate damage and limit disruption. Towns must have an approved plan in place to be eligible for many types of Federal Emergency Management Agency funding. Public review and comment will extend through March 6, 2015.

In addition to Wilton, the plan encompasses Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, and Westport and covers 2016 to 2021.

The draft plan can be found at swrpa.org/default.aspx?Regional=268.

“We encourage the public to attend the sessions and talk to the experts” said Robert Sachnin, senior regional planner at WCCOG and the plan project manager. “Information is our greatest asset; the more informed our communities are, the better they can prepare for natural hazards.”