Snohomish County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan now available to public

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hmp-coverSnohomish County has just released an update to its Hazard Mitigation Plan, which contains information about many of the county’s hazards. It also offers guidance about how to reduce the effects of natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, or volcanic eruptions.

“I encourage everyone to prepare their families and homes for natural disasters, since even minimum preparation can have maximum benefit,” said Jason Biermann, Director of Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management in an announcement released Wednesday. “Natural disasters are by definition unexpected, and we urge our neighbors to use this report to prepare a plan now.”

In addition to analyzing potential local threats, Snohomish County’s identifies and prioritizes actions that should reduce the risks citizens face. The plan’s primary goals are reducing natural hazard-related loss of life, personal injury, and property damage to county residents. Its goals also include promoting a sustainable economy, minimizing the impact of natural disasters on the environment, and increasing public awareness about potential disasters.

The draft version of the plan was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and adopted by the county in September 2015. It represents a partnership between Snohomish County and 37 participating jurisdictions, including cities, tribes, fire departments, and special-purpose districts.

Participating in this effort enables Snohomish County’s partners to maintain their eligibility for disaster-related federal grant assistance. It also helps maintain the county’s compliance with FEMA’s Community Rating System program. Progress on mitigation is documented annually and available for review by contacting the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.

The Snohomish County Hazard Mitigation Plan is available at: https://snohomishcountywa.gov/HMP.

Emergency preparedness resources are also available at: http://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/719/Personal-Preparedness.

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