Welcome to the project website for the Yuma County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) Update.  Please check back often for project updates and postings.  This website will be discontinued after the project is completed.

What is Hazard Mitigation?

The term "Hazard Mitigation" describes actions that can help reduce or eliminate long-term risks caused by hazards, such as floods, wildfires, landslides, tornadoes, and earthquakes.   As the costs of disaster impacts continue to rise, governments and citizens must find ways to reduce hazard risks to our communities. Efforts made to reduce hazard risks are easily made compatible with other community goals; safer communities are more attractive to employers as well as residents.  As communities plan for new development and improvements to existing infrastructure, mitigation can and should be an important component of the planning effort.

While mitigation activities can and should be taken before a disaster event has the chance to occur, after disasters hazard mitigation is essential.  Oftentimes after disasters, repairs and reconstruction are often completed in such a way as to simply restore damaged property to pre-disaster conditions. These efforts may “get things back to normal”, but the replication of pre-disaster conditions often results in a repetitive cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. Hazard mitigation breaks this repetitive cycle by producing less vulnerable conditions through post-disaster repairs and reconstruction. The implementation of such hazard mitigation actions now by state and local governments means building stronger, safer and smarter communities that will be able to reduce future injuries and damages.

About the Project

Yuma County created its previous Mitigation Plan in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Stafford Act, the National Flood Insurance Act, and 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The last plan was approved by FEMA in 2010, and was adopted by the County Board of Supervisors and municipalities within Yuma County.  These plans must be updated and approved by FEMA every five years. 

Yuma County and its participating jurisdictions (the Cities of San Luis, Somerton, and Yuma; Town of Wellton), the Cocopah Tribe, and other agencies and organizations are now in the process of updating the County-wide Hazard Mitigation Plan and expect to have it approved by FEMA in 2018.  

Plan participants will benefit from this project by:

  • Ensuring eligibility for all sources of hazard mitigation funds made available through FEMA. 
  • Increasing public awareness and understanding of vulnerabilities as well as support for specific actions to reduce losses from future natural disaster.
  • Ensuring community policies, programs, and goals are compatible with reducing vulnerability to all hazards and identifying those that are incompatible.
  • Building partnerships with diverse stakeholders increasing opportunities to leverage data and resources in reducing workloads as well as achieving shared community objectives.
  • Expanding the understanding of potential risk reduction measures to include: local plans and regulations; structure and infrastructure projects; natural systems protection; education and awareness programs; and other tools. 
  • Informing the development, prioritization, and implementation of mitigation projects. Benefits accrue over the life of these projects as losses are avoided from each subsequent hazard event.

Project Outreach and Communications

The Yuma County Office of Emergency Services is leading this project for the County and wants to ensure that all community stakeholders and citizens have an opportunity to be involved in this planning process. All project information and messaging will be posted utilizing this webpage and updates will also be communicated via the Yuma County Emergency Management website.

Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to participate in this important planning process!

Surveys

Surveys will be utilized throughout the planning process to engage both the Hazard Mitigation Planning Team and the general public. Links to these surveys will be posted below as they become available.

Public Risk Perceptions Survey to be available shortly

 Project Schedule

The proposed project schedule is posted below. Please check back as future meeting, outreach, and project deliverable dates are confirmed.

April 3rd, 2017: HMP Planning Team Project Kick-off Meeting

Spring – Summer 2017: Risk and Vulnerability Assessment

Late Summer: HMP Planning Team Risk Assessment Webinar

Fall: HMP Planning Team Mitigation Strategy Workshop

Fall - Winter: Final Draft Plan Available for public review and comment

Winter 2017: Submission of Final Draft Plan to State and FEMA for approval

Early 2018: Plan to be officially adopted by participating jurisdictions

Meetings

Planning meeting information can be found in the links provided below.

HMP Planning Team Project Kick-off Meeting

                                Agenda

                                Presentation

Other materials to be posted as future meetings are held.

Plan Documents

Draft sections of the Hazard Mitigation Plan and other related items will be posted here for public review and comment as they become available.

                Materials to be posted as they become available

Reference Documents

Below is a collection of hazard mitigation planning resources in addition to the County and State’s current hazard mitigation plan.

State of Arizona Hazard Mitigation Plan (2013)

Yuma County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (2010)

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning Resources

FEMA Local Mitigation Planning Handbook

FEMA Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio

FEMA Mitigation Ideas

Links

Yuma County Emergency Management Department

 

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