Volusia, cities updating local mitigation strategy
Volusia County government and the county’s 16 municipalities are updating the 2009 Local Mitigation Strategy, which focuses on reducing the risk of death, injury and property damage due to hazards such as flooding, wind and fire.

The public is invited to review the final draft at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange. Comments and suggestions may be submitted at the meeting or emailed to PJ Smith at by Sept. 20.

The mitigation strategy identifies specific actions that can be undertaken to minimize or eliminate vulnerabilities as funding becomes available.

The mitigation strategy is a requirement of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, which is administered by FEMA. Each year, millions of federal dollars are made available to eligible applicants via programs such as the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program. With an approved mitigation strategy, the county and municipalities are eligible to apply for these competitive grant funds.

New trauma program begins at The House Next Door
The House Next Door is accepting referrals for the Sexual Assault Treatment Program. This service assists individuals, both child and adult in effectively coping with the trauma of sexual assault. The precipitating event may be current, or one in the past that remains unresolved.

The Sexual Assault Treatment Program is jointly funded by the Office for Victims of Crime and Children’s Medical Services.

The House Next Door has been providing family counseling and support services since 1975. The staff is trained to be welcoming and helpful. The therapy process recognizes individual and family culture, values and goals, accommodates variations in lifestyles, with emphasis on healing, coping and personal development.

The services are provided in DeLand, Deltona, Daytona Beach Shores, New Smyrna Beach, and Flagler County.

For more information, contact Jennifer Nadelkov, program coordinator, at 386-860-1776.

Animal Control Advisory Board to meet Aug. 13
Volusia County’s Animal Control Advisory Board will meet from 9 to 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Emergency Operations and Sheriff’s Communications Center, 3825 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach.

Members will review information discussed at the July 16 breeders workshop.

Animal Control Director Sergio Pacheco will provide a division update, and a county zoning employee will discuss property zoning issues.

The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.

The Animal Control Advisory Board is composed of community members and focuses on animal issues that relate to public health and safety. The board makes recommendations to the Volusia County Council for changes in ordinances; standards for procedures for the control, collection, care, custody and disposal of stray animals; and standards for maintenance of regulated facilities.

For more information, contact Shari Williams at 386-323-3522, ext. 11211.



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