From the Burlington County Times of September 26, 2008

here's the direct link from the BCT's website:     http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-09262008-1596708.html

(don't know how long they'll keep the link up, so here's the text below)

FEMA OKs joint disaster plan for county, 31 towns

By MELISSA HAYES
Burlington County Times

MOUNT HOLLY — Officials from Burlington County government and 31 municipalities have compiled a plan for working together in the event of a major natural disaster.
It is the first multi-jurisdictional plan in the state to be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Board of Freeholders formally approved the plan Wednesday.
The 357-page document, known as an All Hazards Mitigation Plan, outlines how county and local officials would respond to natural disasters, including floods, wildfires and earthquakes.
“We have spent hundreds of hours over two years in conjunction with our municipal leaders developing this plan,” said Kevin Tuno, the county's emergency management coordinator.
Tuno said the plan highlights vulnerable areas, which can be addressed before a natural disaster strikes to diminish property loss. It also describes how the county would respond to natural disasters such as wildfires, tropical storms and tornadoes.
Bill Warren, coordinator of Lumberton's emergency management team, praised the plan during Wed-nesday's freeholder meeting. He said Lumberton's portion calls for debris to be cleared from the Rancocas Creek and for the dredging of the silt from the creek.
Lumberton was one of several municipalities hit with severe flooding in 2004 and 2007.

The July 2004 flood caused nearly $17 million in damage and forced the evacuation of 950 residents. The April 2007 nor'easter caused roughly $8.3 million in property damage.
Warren said while the freeholders and Burlington County Bridge Commission are working to remove debris from the creek, silt remains an issue that the municipality hopes to address.
Under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, states, counties and municipalities must compile such plans and submit them to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for approval in order to receive federal funds.
The county received about $135,000 in FEMA funds through the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, following the 2004 floods, to complete the plan.
“We are proud that Burlington County continues to be a leader in emergency management and preparation,” Freeholder Jim Wujcik said. “Unfortunately, as we learned in 2004 and again in 2007, good preparation can only lessen the impact. There is no physical way to prevent the wrath of Mother Nature, as evidenced by recent storms in the Gulf Coast.”