Jackson County, Oregon, USA


10 S. Oakdale Ave. Rm #214
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: 541-774-6790

January 17, 2019
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Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP)

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.

Update 2017 NHMP Draft for Public Review and Comment (see below file)-

Jackson County is currently in the process of updating their existing Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP). This work is being 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.

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.

If you have any additional input on this plan update, or questions regarding the update process in general, please contact: Sara Rubrecht, Jackson County Emergency Manager at rubrecsn@jacksoncounty.org; or Michael Howard, Assistant program Director for the Oregon partnership for Disaster Resilience at mrhoward@uoregon.edu.

Current 2012 NHMP -

Jackson County developed this Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) in an effort to prepare for the long-term effects resulting from natural hazards. 

The 2012 NHMP was adopted by the Board of Commissioners by Order No. 4-13 on January 16, 2013, and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on February 4, 2013.

This plan covers the unincorporated areas of Jackson County as well as the incorporated cities of Ashland, Eagle Point, Rogue River, and Shady Cove. The cities of Central Point and Medford maintain their own city-specific Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans.