Help Your County Plan for Disaster
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Josephine County, OR — Josephine County is updating its Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP), and we want your input.

An NHMP provides communities with goals, actions, and resources to reduce the effects of potential natural disasters. The plan and the mitigation procedures therein are intended to limit damage to property and critical facilities and, consequently, reduce the costs of reconstruction and recovery. In addition, the plan increases our potential to receive state and federal funding toward recovery.

In addition, the planning process increases cooperation and communication within the community. This local planning process includes representatives from city government, local utility providers, the Interagency Fire Board, school districts and you.

The cities of Grants Pass and Cave Junction are developing city-specific components as addenda to the county plan. By re-adopting the plan, Josephine County maintains its eligibility to apply for federal funding for natural hazard mitigation projects.

This update is supported by the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience, utilizing funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program.

How to get involved: To learn about the NHMP planning process and the current status of the plan, you can attend a presentation to the Grant Pass City Council on March 16, 2011. Additionally, in May 2011 the draft NHMP will be made available to the general public for comments. For more information on natural hazard planning in Oregon, visit the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience, or contact Emma Stocker, Emergency Management Specialist, or Jenny Zeltvay, Josephine County Emergency Management.

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