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. It is impossible to predict exactly when these hazards will occur, or the extent to which they will affect the community. However, with careful planning and collaboration among public agencies, private sector organizations, and citizens within the community, it is possible to create a resilient community that will benefit from long-term recovery planning efforts.
2018 Jackson County Multi-Jurisdicational Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
In 2018, Jackson County finished the process of updating their 2012 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP). This work was performed in cooperation with the University of Oregon’s Community Service Center-Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience and the Oregon Military Department’s Office of Emergency Management utilizing funds obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program.
The 2018 Jackson County Multi-Jurisdicational Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan was adopted by the Board of Commissioners by Order No. 79-18 on April 25, 2018, and approved by FEMA on July 3, 2018. With the adoption of the 2018 NHMP, Jackson County maintains its eligibility to apply for Federal funding toward natural hazard mitigation projects. This NHMP also affects the cities of Ashland, (Town of) Butte Falls, Eagle Point, Jacksonville, Phoenix, Rogue River, Shady Cove, and Talent.