2010 Update Process
With the Snohomish County Council's September 2010 adoption of the 2010 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP), Snohomish County and its 34 Planning Partners successfully completed the FEMA-required update of the County's original 2005 NHMP.
The Importance of the Plan and its
Proposed Mitigation Actions
The NHMP assesses risk within the County for nine natural disasters (avalanche, dam failure, earthquake, flood, landslides, severe weather, tsunami, volcano eruptions, and wildland fires) and proposes mitigation strategies for these disasters within the individual jurisdictions and throughout the county as a whole.
An approved plan also allows the County and its Partners access to FEMA pre- and post-disaster mitigation funding. With the update's approval, funding for applicable projects will be sought as FEMA makes funds available through its various grant programs. To learn more about those programs and what types of projects qualify, click here.
The County's original mitigation plan was adopted in April 2005 in order to meet the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000 (pdf), which was enacted to encourage and promote proactive, pre-disaster risk reduction planning in communities as a condition of receiving federal disaster aid.
With the 2005 NHMP scheduled to expire in 2010, the Department of Emergency Management, with the assistance of the County's Public Works Department and consultants from Tetra Tech, reconvened the County's Steering Committee in the fall of 2009 to begin updating the plan. This process involved numerous meetings and public outreach events, and culminated with the plan's formal adoption on September 7, 2010.
The NHMP addresses a five-year period, during which annual progress reports are submitted. These reports serve as regular evaluations of the progress being made toward achieving the identified action items that each participating jurisdiction established. Look for the first APR here in the Summer of 2011.
For more information on the County's NHMP, please contact:
Jason Biermann, Program Manager, Deptartment of Emergency Management, 425-388-5068
Mary Hurner, Senior Planner, Public Works Surface Water Management, 425-388-6401
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