Hazard Mitigation Program

Franklin County adopted thier first FEMA approved Franklin County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan in 2008. The plan was valid for a five year period. In 2014, under the leadership of Director of Emergency Management Ryan M. Buckingham, a whole community planning team and contractors from SIU worked diligently with area municipalities and other partnering agencies to formulate an update to the plan to address natural hazards that endanger lives and property of the citizens and visitors of Franklin County. 

On April 18th, 2017, the Franklin County Board gave formal approval to the updated Franklin County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan. 

On April 28th, 2017 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) gave approval to the plan update. This means that Franklin County is now eligible to receive funds through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). During the HMP process, jurisdictions throughout Franklin County identified mitigation projects they would like to undertake in order to minimize the impact of natural hazards. Participating communities, upon adoption of the plan by their governing bodies, will be able to apply for HMGP funds to help finance projects that reduce the County’s vulnerability to natural hazards while protecting the health, safety, welfare and economy of communities by identifying cost-effective strategies to reduce their impact. 

Grant Projects Funded Under HMGP for Franklin County (To Date)

Rend Lake Water Bypass Project (Earthquake Mitigation) - $1,800,000.00 - Media Release

West Frankfort Sewer Plant Relocation (Flood Mitigation) - $6,415,688.00 - Media Release