Sherman is on the fast track to complete a pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation plan.

Once the plan is in place, the town will be qualified to apply for FEMA grants to address potential hazards identified in the plan.

An informational meeting to discuss the plan will be held June 11 at 7 p.m. at town hall.

The meeting will provide an overview of the plan design and the process of data collection and analysis.

Participants will be invited to contribute to plan development by identifying those hazards of which they are aware so these can be documented and analyzed for inclusion in the plan.

The work is being funded with a substantial grant from FEMA to HVCEO, Sherman's regional planning organization, plus a 25 percent cost share of $7,000 from the town.

The combined funds will pay for consultants from Milone & MacBroom, Inc., a firm with extensive experience in developing such plans, to create Sherman's plan, which has been retained to assist in the plan development process.

The hazard mitigation plan will cover a broad variety of natural hazards.

All areas of town will be considered in developing the plan, including private communities and their critical infrastructure, such as roads and bridges.

All areas will be eligible for FEMA funding for hazard mitigation once the plan is in place.