Hazard Mitigation Update Launch
Monterey County to Update Hazard Mitigation Plan
Presentation on project update and community participation set for April 2nd
Monterey County, in partnership with all 12 of its municipalities, is preparing to update the Monterey County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
A presentation and announcement about this effort, which will happen over an 18-month time period, will be shown at the Monterey County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 2, 2019.
The County and local jurisdictions are required to update their hazard mitigation plan every five years to remain eligible for federal mitigation funding. A hazard mitigation plan describes an area’s vulnerability to the various natural hazards that are typically present, along with an array of actions and projects for reducing key risks. Hazard mitigation actions are essential to breaking the disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. With careful selection, they can be long-term, cost-effective means of reducing risk and helping to create a more sustainable and disaster-resilient community.
The County’s first plan was developed in 2007 and identified local policies and actions to reduce risks to life and property from natural hazards such as flooding, earthquakes, and wildland fires. This plan was updated and adopted again in 2016 but will expire in 2021.
The County is seeking FEMA grant funding to cover the cost of the plan update and will continue its ‘multi-jurisdictional’ approach. Each jurisdiction is attending meetings, providing feedback in a series of topic areas, reaching out to the public and other key stakeholders in the community and developing an updated mitigation strategy.
For questions, feedback or to find out how you can become involved, please contact your community’s local elected official or Emergency Management Coordinator. Within Monterey County, contact Kelsey A. Scanlon, Emergency Services Planner, Monterey County Office of Emergency Services, 831- 796-1902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the project is available on the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services website: http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services/hazard-mitigation