Monday, January 11, 2010

Columbia County Hazard Mitigation Plan

Regional Multi - Hazard Mitigation Project Underway!

The planning process has been launched to complete a Regional Multi - Hazard Mitigation Plan for Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin Counties as part of the FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program. This project is being funded through a FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant. The Southeast Washington Multi - Hazard Mitigation Plan will include risk analyses, vulnerability assessments, and a summary of mitigation recommendations for disasters such as floods, landslides, wildfire, earthquakes, severe storms, and drought.

Northwest Management, Inc. has been retained by the Emergency Management departments in each county to provide risk assessments, mapping, field inspections, interviews, and to collaborate with the planning committees to author the plan. The coordinating team includes all area fire districts, land managers, elected officials, county departments, law enforcement, local agencies, city officials, and others. Northwest Management specialists will conduct analyses and work with the committees to formulate recommendations for potential treatments that will help lessen potential impacts and losses from various natural hazards.

One of the goals of the planning process will be to increase the participating jurisdictions’ eligibility for additional grants that will help reduce the risk and potential impact of disaster events. The planning team will be conducting public meetings to discuss preliminary findings and to seek public input on the Plan’s recommendations. For more information on the Southeast Washington Multi - Hazard Mitigation Plan project for Columbia County contact Bill Peters or Lisa Caldwell, Columbia County Emergency Management, at (509) 382-2534.