South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan is near complete and is currently available for public review at the Timberland Regional Library in Raymond, South Bend, Naselle, Ilwaco, and Ocean Park or on the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) website at www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema. The review period will end on September 30, 2009.
Pacific County and its respective municipalities have been working together the past 18 months to prepare the multi-jurisdictional all hazard mitigation plan. The purpose of this plan is to identify and assess our community's disaster risks and determine how to best minimize or manage those risks.
The goals of hazard mitigation planning include:
- Contribute to the development of a long-term, comprehensive mitigation program by funding measures designed to achieve the goals of the state hazard mitigation plan;
- Assist local governments in avoiding or lessening the impact of natural hazards through safer building practices and the improvement of existing structures and supporting infrastructure.
States and communities use the planning process to set short and long-range mitigation goals and objectives. In recognition of the importance of planning, counties with an approved mitigation plan in effect at the time of disaster may receive Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for planned projects. Jurisdictions lacking a hazard mitigation plan are not eligible for HMGP funds.
Citizens with questions or comments should contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.