NAVAJO COUNTY MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL
HAZARD MITIGATION PLANNING PROJECT
The following cities,
towns, and Indian tribes are currently participating with Gila County to
develop a multi-jurisdictional all-hazard mitigation plan for each
is hazard mitigation planning?
– A source of potential danger or adverse condition. Hazards include both
natural (floods, earthquakes, winter storms, landslides, wildfires,
drought, etc.) and human-caused events (hazardous materials, dam/levee
failure, terrorism, transportation accidents, biological, etc.).
MITIGATION – Any sustained
action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and
property from hazards.
– the act or process of making or carrying out plans; specifically, the
establishment of goals, policies, and procedures for a social or economic
are the communities doing this hazard mitigation planning?
The process of hazard
mitigation planning is a very important part of any community’s planning
program for sustainability. For most communities, mitigation programs for
hazards that occur infrequently are usually funded and initiated on a
post-disaster basis with solutions that are generally reactionary to the
most recent event. This form of hazard mitigation programming is
typically more costly, both in property and human losses, on a long-term
basis. Congress recognized the deficiency of the current system and in
October 2000, passed the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K). The
overall purpose of DMA2K was to establish a national program for
pre-disaster mitigation, streamline administration of disaster relief at
both the federal and state levels, and control federal costs of disaster
assistance. In general, the DMA2K legislation requires all local, county,
and tribal governments to develop a hazard mitigation plan for their
respective community in order to be eligible to receive federal pre- and
post-disaster mitigation assistance funds. Each community’s hazard
mitigation plan must be submitted to and approved by the State of Arizona
and FEMA. The deadline for obtaining that approval is November 1, 2004.
will the plan be developed?
A planning team
comprised of planning and engineering representatives from the cities,
tribes, and county, as well as public utilities, hospitals, police, fire
and sheriff’s departments, and other public and private entities, will be
meeting regularly to work through a hazard mitigation planning process
that involves the following tasks:
Identify hazards that may impact or have impacted the
Develop a profile of the most relevant hazard events
Assess Vulnerability to Hazards
Assess the communities capability to mitigate hazards
Establish hazard mitigation activity goals and objectives
for the community
Develop hazard mitigation actions and/or projects
Develop an implementation strategy for the plan
Write and officially adopt plan
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