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April 22, 2018
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Public Input Requested for Update to Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (Photo)
Julie Denney
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Public Input Requested for Update to Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (Photo)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Jackson County is in the process of updating its existing Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP). This work is being performed in cooperation with the University of Oregon Community Service Center-Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience and the Oregon Military Department's Office of Emergency Management. The project utilizes funds obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program.

With the re-adoption of this plan, Jackson County will maintain its eligibility to apply for federal funding toward natural hazard mitigation projects. The local planning process includes a wide range of representatives from city and county government, emergency management personnel, and outreach to members of the public in the form of an electronic survey. This NHMP also affects the cities of Ashland, (Town of) Butte Falls, Eagle Point, Jacksonville, Phoenix, Rogue River, Shady Cove and Talent.

A Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) provides communities with a set of goals, action items, and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events. Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including: reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities, and economic hardship; reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs; increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process; and increased potential for state and federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects.

An electronic version of the updated draft Jackson County NHMP will be available for public comment beginning January 2, 2018. To view the draft please visit: http://jacksoncountyor.org/emergency/County-Plans/NHMP

If you would like to provide input on this plan, or if you have questions regarding the Jackson County NHMP or the update process, please contact: Sara Rubrecht, Jackson County Emergency Manager at (541) 774-6790 or rubrecsn@jacksoncounty.org; or Michael Howard, Assistant Program Director for the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience at (541) 346-8413 or mrhoward@uoregon.edu.


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