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Input sought on natural hazards in Island County

A coalition of Island County cities, towns and special purpose districts are creating a plan to prepare for impacts of natural disasters.

During this process, citizens will be asked to contribute by sharing local knowledge of an area’s vulnerability to hazards based on past occurrences.

An update kickoff meeting will be 10 a.m. to noon Monday, July 28, at the Coupeville Recreation Hall.

The plan is in response to federal mandates in the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 which called for a coalition to pool resources and create a uniform hazard mitigation strategy. The existing hazard mitigation plan must be updated every five years.

This year, however, the update will be more in-depth and include a hazard identification process.

The Island County Office of Emergency Management is leading the process with support from technical consultant Bev O’Day with Bridgeview Consulting. It is funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration and will take approximately nine to 12 months to complete.

Public involvement will be sought via a multi-media campaign that will include public meetings, web-based information, questionnaires and updates on the plan’s progress via the news media. A planning team will be formed and will meet as needed throughout the process.

Questions or comments should be directed to Eric Brooks at e.brooks@co.island.wa.us.

 

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