Local Mitigation Strategy Working Group

Local Mitigation Strategy Working Group

Purpose:
The Local Mitigation Strategy Working Group 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. 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 Working Group consists of the following 14 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
  • 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
James Wolfhope / Staff Liaison
(863) 402-6650

MEMBERS:

LaTosha Reiss / Highlands County Board of County Commissioners

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

Kimberly Gay / 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
Vacant / Florida Forest Service (alt)

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