Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved an update to the countywide hazard mitigation plan on March 4 following updates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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The hazard mitigation plan is used by all county, city, school district and emergency service district personnel in Montgomery County during emergency responses and is maintained by the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The plan is required by FEMA to be updated every five years, said Jason Millsaps, executive director of MCOHSEM. The last update occurred in 2018, and the new procedures for calling disaster declarations and handling emergency situations must be added to remain in compliance with FEMA regulations.

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"We have another flood and now all of a sudden we have new floodways, but we don't have to come back and go through an entire rewrite of that plan. We can just do an appendix and update it as we see fit through the next five years," Millsaps said.

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Commissioners also approved contract negotiations for a fleet service agreement with the city of Conroe. The agreement will allow emergency management vehicles to be serviced using the city's facilities.