Votes ap­prove haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion plan, com­puter hard­ware

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­hoo.com

Just in time for hur­ri­cane sea­son, Polk County’s board of com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved an up­date to their haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion plan. Re­new­ing the plan every five years and meet­ing the re­quire­ments means that, should a dis­as­ter be de­clared, Polk would re­ceive money from the govern­ment to help mit­i­gate dam­ages.

“It’s pretty much the same as the last five years,” of­fi­cer Randy Lacy shared. “Some of our haz­ards are thun­der­storms, tor­na­does, flood­sthose are our three big­gest things. We put this plan to­gether in place, so if we do have a tor­nado, like back in 2011, and they de­clared a dis­as­ter, we will get money from the feds and the state of Ge­or­gia.”

“Be­cause we’ve al­ready put money in,” chair­per­son Jen­nifer Hulsey added.

The plan in­volves in­put from each mu­nic­i­pal­ity and usu­ally takes about a year to com­plete. The fi­nal doc­u­ment, af­ter be­ing ap­proved by the county, is sent off and doesn’t need to be re­newed for an­other five years.

The com­mis­sion­ers are aware that ex­treme weather isn’t the only threat to Polk, though. In an on­go­ing ef­fort to re­vi­tal­ize and im­prove the county’s net­work in­fra­struc­ture, the group ap­proved the pur­chas­ing of new com­puter hard­ware and soft­ware for the tax com­mis­sion­ers depart­ment. The parts are needed to sup­port the net­work drives that were pre­vi­ously pur­chased and should ar­rive within the com­ing months.

The switches serve as a net­work­ing de­vice that con­nects mul­ti­ple com­put­ers to­gether into one lo­cal net­work, but some in use were man­u­fac­tured as early as 2005. Faulty switches could cause net­work shut­downs- leav­ing much of the county un­able to work or com­mu­ni­cate on­line. Al­ready pur­chased, the tax com­mis­sion­ers new hard­ware and soft­ware are needed to make the most of the switches.

“If one of those (the core switches) fails, it’s like hav­ing a car­diac ar­rest,” Polk County’s IT di­rec­tor David Smith pre­vi­ously said of the switches.

Be­fore con­tin­u­ing their work in a pri­vate ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion, the com­mis­sion­ers shared some words about fu­ture events and hap­pen­ings.

“We as a board still have a lot of work to do, and I think if we stay fo­cused we can ac­com­plish great things to­gether,” com­mis­sioner Jose Igle­sias said. “Tonight, I want to thank com­mis­sioner Tillery for all the time and ef­fort he’s put in to­wards get­ting all the fees gath­ered up and talk­ing with the depart­ment heads.”

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