Local Mitigation Strategy Workgroup

Local Mitigation Strategy Workgroup

Purpose:
The Local Mitigation Strategy Workgroup was established per the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to develop policies and procedures that will permanently reduce the risk of future losses. The It serves as a bridge between local growth and emergency plans, land development regulations, building codes and other ordinances.

AUTHORITY:
The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act)
44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 201.

MEMBERSHIP:

Agencies appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Each agency appoints a voting member and an alternate member.

The Local Mitigation Strategy Workgroup consists of the following 15 agencies:
  • Highlands County Board of County Commissioners
  • Central Florida Regional Planning Council
  • City of Avon Park
  • City of Sebring
  • Town of Lake Placid
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Florida Forest Service
  • Florida-Georgia District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
  • Glades Electric Cooperative
  • Orange Blossom Baptist Association
  • School Board of Highlands County
  • Sebring Airport Authority
  • South Florida State College
  • Spring Lake Improvement District
  • Sun ‘N Lake of Sebring Improvement District
Terms:
Each agency is appointed on an annual basis.

MEETINGS:
Meetings are held at least quarterly, or more frequently based on need.

CONTACT / STAFF LIAISON:

Melony Culpepper, AICP / Staff Liaison
(863) 402-6650

MEMBERS:

LaTosh Reiss / Highlands County Board of County Commissioners

Curtis Knowles / Central Florida Regional Planning Council
Jeff Schmucker / Central Florida Regional Planning Council (alt)

David Flowers / City of Avon Park
Ronnie Jones / City of Avon Park (alt)

Ken Fields / City of Sebring
Scott Noethlich / City of Sebring (alt)

Joe Barber / Town of Lake Placid
Phil Williams / Town of Lake Placid (alt)

Mary Kay Burns / Florida Department of Health
Dustin Benefield / Florida Department of Health (alt)

Joseph deBree Jr / Florida Forest Service
Melissa Yunas / Florida Forest Service (alt)

Rev. Richard Norris / Florida-Georgia District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
Laura Zirbel / Florida-Georgia District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (alt)

Vacant / Glades Electric Cooperative
Vacant / Glades Electric Cooperative (alt)

Bill Trucano / Orange Blossom Baptist Association
Vacant / Orange Blossom Baptist Association (alt)

Willie Hills / School Board of Highlands County
Toby Cribbs / School Board of Highlands County (alt)

Mike Willingham / Sebring Airport Authority
Terry Elders / Sebring Airport Authority (alt)

Keith Loweke / South Florida State College
Glenn Little / South Florida State College (alt)

Clay Shrum / Spring Lake Improvement District
Joe DeCerbo / Spring Lake Improvement District (alt)

Omar DeJesus / Sun ‘N Lake of Sebring Improvement District
Tanya Canaday / Sun ‘N Lake of Sebring Improvement District (alt)