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Faith approves Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Town of Faith is once again prepared to face hazardous situations.

The town’s Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to adopt the Rowan-Iredell Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan at its board meeting Tuesday night.

The plan “allows communities to identify risks and hazards that are in their communities” and sets goals to “lessen those hazards,” Rowan County Chief of Emergency Services Frank Thomason told the board.

The county’s initial Hazard Mitigation Plan was developed in 2005 and was good for five years. It was updated and reapproved in 2010, and is in the process of renewal once more.

This time, Iredell County has been added to the plan, but the addition had no bearing on the plan’s specifics for Faith, Thomason said.

Having a Hazard Mitigation Plan in place opens the door for the county and its towns to apply for certain grants, as well as helps lead the way to approval of federal disaster relief funding if it were ever needed.

The town also discussed its water, sewer, fire, police and public works reports.

Both fire and police calls were higher than normal in the month of February.

The fire department responded to 33 calls – 14 of which were fire related, six were in-district EMS related and 13 were mutual aid dispatches.

The Granite Quarry-Faith Joint Police Authority responded to 428 calls for service. There were seven crash reports and 11 arrest reports, 81 traffic stops and 16 incident reports.

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